Photographing Fan-Stereotypes

Schickes Projekt über stereotypische Lookalikes: 2008 fotografierte James Mollison Fans nach den Konzerten ihrer Lieblingsbands. Erinnert mich sehr sehr stark an ein anderes Projekt, dem eine ganze Website gewidmet war, sehr alt, sehr gut, ich finde aber den Link leider nicht, falls jemand weiß, was ich meine: Link in die Comments, bitte!

Over three years I photographed fans outside different concerts. I was fascinated by the different tribes of people that attended them, and how people emulated celebrity to form their identity. As I photographed the project I began to see how the concerts became events for people to come together with surrogate ‘families’, a chance to relive their youth or try and be part of a scene that happened before they were born.

The Disciples (via Winkelsen)

[update] Hier praktisch das gleiche Projekt in besser, tiefer, größer, breiter von Ari Versluis und Ellie Uyttenbroek: Exactitudes. (danke Swen!)

Photographer Ari Versluis and profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek have worked together since October 1994. Inspired by a shared interest in the striking dress codes of various social groups, they have systematically documented numerous identities over the last 16 years. Rotterdam’s heterogeneous, multicultural street scene remains a major source of inspiration for Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek, although since 1998 they have also worked in many cities abroad.

They call their series Exactitudes: a contraction of exact and attitude. By registering their subjects in an identical framework, with similar poses and a strictly observed dress code, Versluis and Uyttenbroek provide an almost scientific, anthropological record of people’s attempts to distinguish themselves from others by assuming a group identity. The apparent contradiction between individuality and uniformity is, however, taken to such extremes in their arresting objective-looking photographic viewpoint and stylistic analysis that the artistic aspect clearly dominates the purely documentary element.