Photographs by Barbara Probst.
Hatje Cantz, 2014. 240 pp., 260 color illustrations, 11¾x10¾".
In this photo series, German photographer Barbara Probst (born 1964) plays with the changing perspectives and fleeting moments of urban life, posing fundamental questions about photography and imagery. Using a shutter-release mechanism controlled by radio waves, Probst is able to use up to 14 cameras to simultaneously shoot a scene from a distance and from numerous angles. Together, the various camera viewpoints and framings (as well as different objects and film material) result in a series of views that are not bound by stylistic features, the same genre or formal proximity. The images are held together only by the point in time at which the shutter was released, yet the arrangement of the photographs is so sophisticated that it creates intriguing dramaturgies that make reference to a variety of photographic genres.