From the article in Issue 64 of EXIT magazine featuring work by Chuck Samuels:

Photography is my medium. It is also my subject. Since my first exhibition in 1980, I have been questioning how photography (and, to a lesser extent, cinema) works and doesn’t work. In many of my projects I have recreated photographs from the history of photography and/or scenes from fils from the history of cinema and I have photographed and filmed myself to consider these issues. In some ways I use myself as a surrogate for photography; by focusing the camera on myself I am, in fact, turning the spectator’s gaze upon the very nature of photography.

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