From Sevia Pellissier’s post featuring Chuck Samuels’s series “On Photography” in VU:
The seemingly misleading series presents thirty portraits of great thinkers of the twentieth century, embodied by none other than Samuels, portraits to which is added a video. The images created by the photographer unfold quietly in the imagination and require that memory be used to capture their full meaning.
Like other Samuels creations, On Photography refers to the culture of images and arouses memories. It is only later, by accidentally discovering or rediscovering the true face of Foucault, Benjamin or Freud, that that of Samuels can resurface. When he least expects it, the viewer is forced to question his relationship to the image and its history.