After Images, the photos that were never taken, 2010
Initially conceived as a book in 2002, After Images since 2010 has taken the form of audio table, permanently installed in the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam.
Visitors can listen to the stories, written and spoken by many photographers and artists; stories about images that the photographer let go by. They describe the scenes and explain why the photographer was either unable or unwilling to record that specific image.
What happens when an important moment cannot be recorded? To what degree does this missed opportunity influence our thinking, our imagination? How does the perceived image impact our memory? And can these fluid, never recorded after images inspire new thoughts and stories?
After Images is about the ambivalent relationship between the image and the photographer, but also about language, image culture, and the absence of images.
The project is about photography, but without photos.
Ideas should travel. That is why this installation was built in such a way that it can travel and grow. The aim is to take this compact table to other parts of the world that maybe have a different relationship with – especially photographic – images.
With never taken photographs by:
Hans Aarsman, Tiong Ang, Maria Barnas, Jurriaan Benschop, Ad van Denderen, Leo Divendal, Douwe Draaisma, Nickel van Duijvenboden, Michel Francois, Hanne Hagenaars, Arnoud Holleman, Ine Lamers, Roos van Mierlo, Arjen Mulder, Paulien Oltheten, Frans Oosterhof, Willem Popelier, Joke Robaard, Jan Rothuizen, Julika Rudelius, QS Serafijn, Martine Stig, Marianne Theunissen, Ronald van Tienhoven, Hannes Wallrafen, Anneke Walvoort, Dirk van Weelden, Luuk Wilmering and Mattie van der Worm.