Snapshots Behind the Fantasy: David Drebin’s Illuminative Photography
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Snapshots Behind the Fantasy: David Drebin’s Illuminative Photography

0 Book cover of Before They Were Famous by David Debin. Stars, are they just like us? It’s no secret there is big money in answering this question: the mass proliferation of paparazzo worldwide chasing public figures in their daily lives to then be published in weekly celebrity gossip magazines are ongoing proof. And how do they do this? Through the photographed image. With its advent in the early 1800s, photography almost immediately democratized whose image could be seen and captured. Suddenly, anyone could have a portrait taken without needing the time and resources to hire a portrait painter (most typically associated with the wealthy and status-holding to that point). So while any of us can have our photograph taken and published anywhere via the internet, has the image become any less associated with the status, wealth and power of those being worthy of being seen? David Drebin, through his photography, masterfully circumvents the fantasy behind celebrity culture and its backdrops. In images simultaneously dreamy and incisive, Drebin punctures the surface of what could arguably be attributed to a deeply entrenched capitalist mindset. We’re all used to ads, to seeing things, whether of lifestyle or status, to be bought […]

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