Website »www.zonezero.com« wird in Mexiko City gemacht. In
der »Dritten Welt« also. Aber das beeinflußt die redaktionelle
Site nur am Rande. Zwar werden hier mehr Fotografen aus Mexiko
dem erstlichen Lateinamerika publiziert, als hierzulande. Aber man
bei »zonezero.com« ebenso viele Portfolios von Fotografen aus
Weltgegenden wie den USA, Europa, Australien etc.
das Fotorama ist »zonezero.com« eine Art Portal für zeitgenössische
mit integrierten Galerien und einer Zeitschrift - siehe das Menü
Site durch Klick auf das Thumbnail gleich unten.
für den weltoffenen Geist und die thematische Breite der Site sorgt
Chefredakteur Pedro Mayer, ein erfolgreicher und weitgereister Bild-
mit Wohnort Mexico City.
Jahren hatte ich die Gelegenheit, Pedro Mayer persönlich kennenzuler-
In Graz, als es noch die Fotosymposien von Camera Austria dort gab.
hatte einen Vortrag darüber gehalten, wie der amerikanische Markt
Fotokunst funktioniert und warum er »eurozentrisch« orientiert
der »Dritten Welt« kaum Chancen haben, auf ihm zu reüssieren.
war das erste Mal, daß ich mit dieser Fragestellung so direkt konfron-
wurde. Das war vor 20 Jahren . . .
ähnlicher Klarsicht hat Pedro Mayer die Bedeutung digitaler Fotografie
deren digitaler Vermittlung schon sehr früh erkannt. Denn »Zonezero«
schon seit 1996 online. Seitdem hat man dort über 400 »Galerien«
Ob solchem Fleiß kann man nur den Hut ziehn. Siehe die Menüseite
Galerien durch Klick auf das Thumbnail gleich unten.
Respekt für die Arbeit bei »Zonezero.com« wollen wir ab
Form zollen, daß wir in unregelmäßigen Abständen
auf die neuesten
auf der Site aufmerksam machen. Die Linkliste gleich unten ist die
Folge dieser Serie.
Kommentare zu den einzelnen Galerien, die wir mitpublizieren, sind die
von »Zonezero« - daher in Englisch.
has been no exhibition that we have published in ZoneZero which
given us more pleasure to publish than the work of Rafael Goldchain
Canada. The depth of the idea of photographing himself as the various
(male or female) of his family along several generations, was ter-
However, if this project would have been tried by someone with less
than that of Rafael, the outcome might not have been as successful
it has. His artistic explorations will probably land these portraits along
of other great masters of photography.
Ground is the product of a process that started several years ago
my son was born. I gradually realized that my new role as parent in-
the responsibility to pass on to my son a familial and cultural inheri-
and that such inheritance would need to be gathered and delivered
a manner appropriate to his age. My attempts at articulating histories,
and familial, public and private, made me acutely aware of how much I
of the former, and how little of the latter.." - Rafael Goldchain
suspect that we will see over time how the publication of personal diaries
the internet, will gather a strong momentum. It seems like an ideal me-
for this genre. There is the intimacy of the reader with his screen, much
in a book, but how many books are being published that are diaries of ba-
unknown people? Not many you have to admit. How many publishers
willing to invest in the production and distribution of a book that does
an assured wide audience to begin with? In addition, the internet will
us to add »intermedia« (various media that interact with each
tired of the term multimedia because it stems from an era when the media
actually considered to be separate from each other, something that no
is the case). Stephan Childs from the USA, brings us such a personal
in his » Jacob Wrestling«. We will be bringing you more such
the coming months.
Wrestling is a series of images conceived as an allegorical narrative.
involves elements of personal experiences, memories, as well as imagined
and settings. The text excerpts are drawn from the novel Demian,
by Herman Hesse.« - Stephan Childs
time ago we presented the work of the Argentinean photographer Os-
Ancarola, who followed with great dedication the events in the life of
wife, in an essay » My family has Cancer«. We are very saddened
that his wife has died very recently, and would like to point you in the
of a last goodbye that Oswaldo wanted to share with all those who
with so much empathy to this diary.
» My family has Cancer«
Gallo also from Argentina, has impressed us greatly by sending us an
done under his guidance, by a group of working professionals, amidst
economic and political crisis we all know that has been going on in their
But in particular we have to admire their effort, as it is one of the very
examples, where the work submitted to us, had already been assembled
a digital format by the time it was delivered to us. This, up to now, has
very rarely. For the most part it has been our designers and program-
in ZoneZero who have had to put together the work we have published.
welcome the fact that these Argentinean photographers made it their prio-
to present the work both in English and Spanish as a finished piece of
Gallo, the team leader and teacher, sent us the work the same day he
been laid off from the newspaper he had been working for, thus joining
ranks of the hundreds of thousands of unemployed without a safety net.
group of journalists followed this procession of believers during seventy
to show through photographs and direct testimonies the motivations
drive this heterogeneous crowd of nearly one million people, where faith,
and promises are mixed with alcohol and sport fanaticism. We have
the possibility that a journalist should think and at the same time be
a reporter, a cameraman, a sound person, and editor and a director.
short, we have shown that the task of a journalist is much broader that
today.« - Julian Gallo
one can deny that at ZoneZero we have always had an open mind when it
to publishing work that wasn't necessarily done with the aid of new tech-
We are showing this time, for a second occasion, pinhole camera pho-
One could easily argue that this style can be duplicated using digital
and computers. I am sure that in time this will increasingly come to hap-
notwithstanding the present day arguments that the cost of doing it one
not compare with the other. Another argument on the side of the pinhole
is that there is a great pleasure in doing it that way, as the computer
been perceived as a »cold« medium vs. cardboard and tape, as
certainly have nothing to argue against using pin hole cameras for creating
photographs, otherwise why would we publish these fine photographs?
I am a strong advocate of always questioning what we are doing
for no better reason than to reaffirm what has been done. The photographs
make up this exhibition were presented in the context of the First National
of Pinhole Photography, held in the city of Veracruz, Mexico, during
month of July 2001.
believe that the work of Ines Ulanovsky from Argentina, is a very important
to all of us especially now as the clarions of war are blasting at full
At stake are not only the lives of many innocent people, but also the
notions of a world ruled by laws other than the might of the powerful.
brings to our attention among other issues what it means when those who
in power, take the law into their own hands, and murder 30,000 innocent
solely to advance their own ideology, and do so under the total com-
(and some would even say complicity) of US foreign policy.
power of this work is that the images themselves with just a few words
an impossible discourse to forget. Their humanity is what brings all
3,000 innocent people were murdered on September 11th, in New York,
the world has done the right thing by mourning them, and in their memory
them their due respects and solidarity. However, ten times that many,
thousand, were murdered alone in Argentina, also by terrorists, state-
and the world has not yet mourned them accordingly.
the recent past we here in ZoneZero, have brought you diverse bodies
work that in our very modest way attempted to redress such a matter. Each
the corresponding authors, some of whom we know personally, others we
created a body of unique work that enables us to come closer to their
solidarity is as close to their pain as it is with those who perished on
11th. It is not about knowing the persons who died. We are also them.
a child, pictures of the disappeared drew me in a mysterious way. When-
I saw them at a demonstration, I had the feeling that they were not dead.
they were taking it all in; staring from their pictures. 30,000 photographs
the disappeared belong in Argentina's picture album." - Ines Ulanovsky
»Photos of You«
a world with all too much pain, it comes as a welcome relief when someone
their camera to look at the pleasure of life, these can be simple moments,
everlasting to the photographers gaze, such an essay or journey allows
rest the eye of the more pleasant moments of our existence.
Dios is the result of a four-month months journey to the island of Curacao.
visit led to many astonishing insights; I made the streets my place of
allowed myself to be led through the theatre of life on the island. Rather
a conscious story, I let the surrounding influences help me visually cre-
what I call the 'thread of life'.« - Diana Blok
had met Mario many years ago, but then we lost contact with each other.
recently, we had the pleasure of his visit in our studio, and he pulled
of exquisite prints of a body of work done more than forty years ago.
felt compelled to bring you these images as they revive an era, which for
correctness« has altogether vanished from most serious publications.
photographer provides us with his motivations in the essay that is published
the pictures, and it makes for very interesting reading. However, what
most important to us is that this specific world, which he depicts, has
It is not on any endangered species list. It simply is no more, and for
we are all at a loss. No longer are the rivers as clean, or the women as
with a foreigners gaze. In it's place there is today pollution and distrust.
for some reason is called progress.
at the foot of the sky
glancing through my diaries of the late sixties, I found the pre-Columbian
of the Lower Mixteca as "Nundeui" and its translation "at
the foot of the
I adopted both as the title for this exhibit, because it means to be at
of the sky, from where I managed to glimpse at this tropical Eden.«
Mexican photographers -
: A Day with Her
book speaks about a urban Guadalupe from the XX century, inside our cur-
society, efficient and triumphant nowadays, granting and receiving a modern
constellated with signs of the industrial civilization.« - Jose Joaquin
Culture has been my journey as a photographer, as an observer of culture,
part of the media, a media critic, a woman, a girl.« - Lauren Greenfield
idea to tell the story of Bordello came about from my environment, and
1920ies as my inspiration, gave me a more poetic and nostalgic means to
the stylised imagery. Indeed, my interpretation is an idealistic and romantic
but nevertheless engages the viewer in more than a narcissist meander
the mind's desires.« - Vee Speers
Culture is Our Resistance
are very proud because Rigoberta Menchu Tum, a Nobel Peace Prize winner
the introduction to this excellent and strong work by Jonathan Moller.
1993 and 2001 I worked as a human rights advocate and free-lance
in Guatemala, principally working with indigenous Mayans uprooted
that country's long and brutal civil war. I spent much of my time in rural
to support Guatemala's hardest hit displaced and refugee populations in
struggle for respect of their basic rights.« - Jonathan Moller
»Our Culture is