Project of the Fellowship
“The images we consume shape the world surrounding us more and more as the photographic “shots” we see determine our reading and understanding of what reality is. My Instagram feed is not separated from my existence; it is something that informs my ‘self’. My key question is: If these images are slowly losing touch with reality; if the representative operational mode of photography, its indexicality, which it has maintained despite all forgeries and decontextualisation since its birth, is given up and we are confronted with images that are only loosely – if at all – linked to something physical; if these images are constructed by means of ideologically informed software, which only allows the creation of tableaus from already existing images, increasingly automated and without human influence – will we still be able to see, to discover?”
Thomas Albdorf was born in Austria in 1982 and currently lives and works in Vienna. He studied Transmedia Art at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, where he graduated in 2013. British Journal of Photography selected him as „Ones to Watch“ in 2014 and he won the UNSEEN Amsterdam Talent Award in 2016. He was featured in magazines like FOAM Magazine, British Journal of Photography, Interview Magazine and many more.
Thomas Albdorf‘s main interest focuses on the contemporary status quo of the photographic image and the decontextualization caused by internet distribution. The basic photograph does not officiate as an enclosed image rather than a space of possibilities and probabilities, primarily enabled via digital post production processes that often leave their visible marks in the final work.
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Evocative images and a strong conceptual approach complement each other in the work of Thomas Albdorf. He seamlessly layers a wide range of materials and techniques to form a coherent narrative. His images stretch traditional photographic genres and form a commentary of the changing role of the image.
Curator Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam
© Photo: Foam
General View | published by Skinnerboox, May 2017
I Know I Will See What I Have Seen Before | FOAM Magazine #44 "On Earth"
I Know I Will See What I Have Seen Before | Lodret Vandret (out of print), September 2015
General View | Webber Gallery Space, London / UK, 2017
General View | DELI Gallery, NY / USA, 2017
When Rainbows Melt into Hills | DELI Gallery, NY / USA, 2015
Oh Fail, You Beauty | Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna / Austria
Exhibition view, works from the series „General View“, DELI Gallery, 2017 © Thomas Albdorf