Douglas Mandry
Unseen Sights
Overpainted, cut C-Prints
Based on black and white pictures taken from trips to archeological sites in Turkey, Douglas Mandry started to reconstruct the images of the places that he had visited. He colored and collaged his monochrome pictures on the basis of his own faded memories and by visually interpreting texts on these sites written by archaeologists. Interested in the gap between reality and representation, Mandry drew inspiration from orientalist picture postcards in old magazines of Oriental landscapes. The picture postcard became a popular way to communicate in the late nineteenth century, mostly depicting monuments, landscapes, and native « Others ». It appeared at the emergence of mass tourism and was a great way to advertise a place. Landscape photographs would therefore often be enhanced by means of retouching and coloring to promote a place - the more exotic, the better.
His process aims at enhancing the process of construction of a photograph rather than using the medium to represent reality.

selected parts from essay by Mirjam Kooiman