The Fourth Wall.
By Max Pinckers.
192 pp., 113 color illustrations, 7¾x10½".
'Nowhere else is there such devotion to cinema as in India. This fictional world seeps into reality and influences everyday life, dictating the perception and imagination of its audience.' With this in mind, and instead of focusing on the more obvious manifestations of Indian movie culture, such as advertising billboards or Bollywood bling, Max Pinckers turned the streets of Bombay into his own set, inviting passers-by to participate. 'The people in these images become actors by choosing their own roles, which they perform for the camera and its western operator,' he explains. 'Conscious of the power of images, they give it their all, reflecting on their silver screen dreams by embracing their collective visual world and creating their own brief moments of suspension of disbelief.'
Read Colin Pantall's review of The Fourth Wall on photo-eye Blog.
'The sleeper book of the year is Max Pinckers' The Fourth Wall by this emerging young Belgian photographer. It is a very nice production, and this self-published book, on a charmingly cheap newsprint examines the idea of the Indian film world and the escapism of this, alongside a very good set of contemporary images. These two ideas are woven together with great skill and the book just seems to work very well.' — Martin Parr from Book of the Week: A Pick.
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