Raul Ruiz, Poetics of Cinema, Éditions Dis Voir, Paris, 2005, p. 34.

 

 

Cops, two ‘terrorists’ in 20-minute car chase
The Times of India, Monday, July 11, 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cop on security duty shoots at self for medal
The Times of India, Tuesday, March 22, 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

1982 Coolie accident
Hindustan Times, Friday, February 17, 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Hello, the Goya is still on our wall, thank you. (click)’
The Times of India, Wednesday, February 15, 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India: Maria Susairaj walks free — A case of chopped body
The Times of India, Tuesday, July 5, 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imaginary robbers fuel mass hysteria
India Today, Tuesday, February 14, 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teen comes to city to meet her hero Salman, finds villain instead
MiD DAY, Monday, March 5, 2012.

 

 

 

Suketu Mehta, Maximum City — Bombay Lost and Found, Penguin Books
India Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, 2006, p. 289–290.

Suketu Mehta, Maximum City — Bombay Lost and Found, Penguin Books
India Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, 2006, p. 289–290.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slumdog Millionaire,Written by Simon Beaufoy, November 4, 2007
© Slumdog Films Limited,
39 Long Acre, London Wc2e 9Lg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 held for theft at actress Sridevi’s home
Mumbai Mirror, Saturday, February 11, 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

12-year-old Delhi boy dies aping TV serial suicide
Hindustan Times, Thursday, February 9, 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vijay Mishra, Bollywood Cinema: Temples of Desire,
Routledge, New York and London, 2002, preface, p. 5.

 

The Fourth Wall (2012)

“Nowhere else is there such devotion to cinema as in India,” says Belgian photographer Max Pinckers, whose self-published book, The Fourth Wall, explores the extraordinary impact Bollywood has on wider society. “This fictional world seeps into reality and influences everyday life, dictating the perception and imagination of its audience.”

So, with this in mind, and instead of focusing on the more obvious manifestations of Indian movie culture, such as advertising billboards or Bollywood bling, he turned the streets of Bombay into his own set, inviting passers-by to participate. “The people in these images become actors by choosing their own roles, which they perform for the camera and its western operator,” he explains.

“Conscious of the power of images, they give it their all, reflecting on their silver screen dreams by embracing their collective visual world and creating their own brief moments of suspension of disbelief.”

Using the language of documentary adds to this confusion of fact and fiction, capturing scenes in which it is unclear whether what we see is staged or a spontaneous moment. “A photograph of two men in uniform climbing over a fence, escaping,” for example, is “a re- enactment of a moment that just passed. They do it over again with great pride and pleasure.” For another tableau, “I read an article in the newspaper: two men use sleep-inducing gas to rob a struggling actress in her home, the same gas used in a 1972 hit film in which a cook robs his landlord. An image that I’ve been planning to make for some time comes to mind – a thick cloud of smoke in a bedroom film set.”

The book’s title refers to a different kind of rupture between reality and the celluloid world. “On a theatre stage that consists of three walls – left, right and back – the fourth wall forms the imaginary screen through which the audience sees the scene unfold. The actors, conscious of this barrier, tend to break through it now and then by hinting at their own fiction, acknowledging the camera and the act.” But now the 24-year-old has applied this concept to documentary photography by way of commenting on the paradoxes of his chosen medium.

– Excerpt from an interview with Simon Bainbridge, 2013.

Reference texts & reviews:
Charlotte Cotton, IMA Magazine, Tokyo, 2013
Simon Bainbridge, British Journal of Photography, London, 2013
Laura van Grinsven, Mamihlapinatapai exhibition catalogue, 2012
Hans Theys, .tiff magazine, Antwerp, 2012
Han Ceelen, De Morgen, Belgium, 2012