Did You See Me?.
Photography by Sophie Calle.
Prestel, Lakewood, 2004. 444 pp., 500 illlustrations, 6¼x9¼".
Sophie Calle is weird, but wonderfully so.
She is known for exploring issues of
identity in her work, but what exactly
does that mean? For Calle, it means to
wonder, out-loud, in writing and through
photography, who she is and who others
around her are. That may seem like a
dead-end street, but the numerous alleyways and side paths
that Calle takes us along are truly intellectually engaging. In one of her classic books, Double Game, she and New York
author Paul Auster create a scenario whereby the authenticity
of action is put in total jeopardy—Auster creates a character
in a novel who is based on the life of Calle and Calle
tries to live her life based on the character in the Auster
novel. By taking a postmodern literary model and portraying
it photographically, Calle exposes the tensions between acting
and action, fiction and reality, the story—always edited
and performed on cue—versus the on-going, improvisational
fabric of life. And she does so in a fun, lighthearted manner.
Did you See Me? is a compact retrospective that offers
up many of her best-known works, including "The Blind," "No
Sex Last Night," and "A Woman Vanishes." An interview with
Calle is included making this a very complete collection.
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