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Nicolas Silberfaden’s undercover Los Angeles: “A city of ultimate futility”

To what extent is the photo-based book a viable or effective way to express photographic practice? This is the question Nicolas Silberfaden was asked to consider while studying for his MFA at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. He responded with 738, a project exploring the city. “We were pushed to think about photography, and to work on personal projects that not only meant something to us, but that could also communicate something further, some interaction with the world,” the 32-year-old explains. “738 is the result of this process of thinking and practising photography.” The project’s title refers to the number of the building he was living in – “the starting point to my daily photographic excursions,” he says. Exploring the tension between wanting to belong and actually belonging, he adds, focusing on the texture of a city perched on top of the San Andreas Fault. It is, he says, “as if we live in a city of ultimate futility, carrying with it the eerie possibility that it might vanish as quickly as it appeared”. …


BJP Staff