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Mikhael Subotzky is an infrequent contributor for the Magnum blog. In fact, it happened only once; in response to the Magnum blog competition, for which, members of the public drew visual similarities between the works of Magnum photographers and the works of art historical cannon.

If a convergence is presented by the artist himself does it make it indisputable? Or at least 50% indisputable?

"May 3, 1808: Shooting at Montana del Principe Pio", 1814. Francisco Jose de Goya (1745-1828) Collection of the Prado, Museum, Mardid.

"May 3, 1808: Shooting at Montana del Principe Pio", 1814. Francisco Jose de Goya (1745-1828) Collection of the Prado, Museum, Mardid.

Beaufort West Police Station, South Africa,  2006. © Michael Subotzky

Beaufort West Police Station, South Africa, 2006. © Michael Subotzky

Subotzky warns against referencing for referencing’s sake. (I’ll be vigilant). And, I’ll leave you with the most succinct of Subotzky’s comments:

I don’t think anybody [in photography] has more intelligently related to philosophy or the history of painting then Jeff Wall.

The Subotzky Trajectory has been steep. His photographic conscience and works warrant the worldwide attention they have. He is with Magnum. See his website. And read this and this. Book here. There is an interview over at Conscientious.

Oh, and by the way, no wikipedia page on Mikhael Subotzky, which surprises me.

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