Le temps fait son œuvre
The fifteenth edition of the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography offers new reflections on the nature of time in contemporary photography. As time does its work, it creates the photographic image. Indeed the role of time is decisive in allgenres of photography, from fashioning the latent image, to its analog or digital “revelation”, to viewing the final result. Yet time has a disconcerting and paradoxical nature, for in photography, in theory, nothing should move or be fluid. Thus, unsurprisingly, time has become the subject of a number of exhibitions in recent years, including Breathless! Photography and Time in London in 1999 and in 2010 Entretiempos at PHotoEspaña and the Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie in Germany under the title “Jetzt – die erzählte Zeit”. In an age when the qualities of mobility, immediacy and simultaneity have come to define a significant portion of our lifestyles, photography is no longer necessarily bound to the here and now. Photographic works, often hybrid in form, are creating new possibilities and lexicons in order to constitute authentic expressions of contemporaneousness.