Mel Bochner

American, 1940 -

Mel Bochner’s Misunderstandings (A Theory of Photography), 1970 series of offset lithographs dissects the subjective “rules” that have governed the medium of photography. Bochner made this work at a time when photography was being questioned and defended as a formidable medium in art. Six of the quotations on the cards are sourced from literature, and three are invented by Bochner and question the framework and rules that artists, critics, and historians have ascribed to the field. By creating ambiguity among actual and forged sources, the artist questions the authenticity of representation that is inherent to the photographic medium.
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