Over the past decade, Hungarian photographer Peter Puklus has established himself as one of the brave, inventive young minds in the field. After breaking out with a pair of monograph publications in 2012 (Handbook to the Stars, One and a half meter), Puklus went on to be named a FOAM Talent and exhibit widely across Europe.
In the video interview below, Puklus discusses two series: his Handbook to the Stars (seen, in part, above) and his campaign for Unseen Photo Fair 2015. In Handbook, Puklus attempts to portray his own universe and provide insight into how his photographic works relate to each other: like galaxies in relative proximity to one another that are bound together by their own gravitational force.
Meanwhile, for his Unseen campaign, Puklus decided to produce a series of interpretations on the subject of the sculpted self-portrait. In creating the sculpture, Puklus reinterpreted the only remaining photograph of a sculpture by Hungarian avant-garde artist Joseph Csaky (Head, 1913), which was either lost or destroyed. The artist photographed his own version of the sculpture in various contexts, superimposing different colour-palettes onto the scene, resulting in a series of photographs. These images do not depict a final state; they are part of a process, a performance.
Similarly, the video interview shot of Puklus is about process, not the final result. We hope you enjoy the photographer’s unusual work and this distinctive, if short, documentary about his creative mind.
Portraying a person is the act of looking and digging beyond the visible. Portraying an artist is an attempt to offer special visual and intellectual insight into that person’s artistic creation and the developmental process of their work. As the insight about the artworks comes first-hand, it is uniquely practical and instinctive.
Portraying an artist through the moving image also has the power to transform intellectualized information into a more sensual experience. By watching the creative process as it happens, artworks can be understood as the result of an ongoing thought, rather than as a final, completed work.
These documentaries are a form of dialogue between two artists—myself and the subject at hand.