Love & hate & other mysteries by Thierry Struvay
These pictures, did we take them to remember or did we take them to forget? Do you recall or did you ever know? Who are these people? And why? Why my cave? Is this a memorial or a mnemonic? Eternity or oblivion, what’s the difference? There’s a thin line between love and hate.
A photograph is forever. Or is it? Culled from the vast vernacular photographic collection of Thierry Struvay, Love & Hate & Other Mysteries presents a funny, often poignant and truthful glimpse into the human condition. The unassuming and elegantly designed hardcover publication explodes once opened with 100 found black-and- white and color photographs that have been manually altered by scissors or pen or physically attacked in a fit of rage. Some deletions, such as a missing face in the shape of a heart or oval, were clearly intended for a locket.
Others, however, contain angrily scratched-out heads and bodies or are simply torn in half. A third group feature manipulations more mysterious in nature: strange cut-outs that hint at a mix of emotions and motives. Together with a poetic introductory text by Glenn O’Brien, the photographs suggest a wide range of human drama, from affection to anger and much in between.