Peter Funch: Babel Tales

© Peter Funch It seems like street photography has become deeply unpopular in some fine art photography circles. I don't fully agree with all of the negative arguments being put forward, but a brief search on flickr reveals just how much more-or-less technically proficient street photography with nothing to say is being made these days. With Babel Tales, Peter Funch, a Danish photographer based in NYC, plays around with the conventions of street photography to create a series of extraordinary 'snapshots'. These images all give the illusion of capturing the infamous 'decisive moment', but the moments in Babel Tales are all decisively fabricated. Funch stakes out the same street corners for days on end and then pieces together his images to create composites which feel like extraordinary one-off snapshots. Looks like street photography, smells like street photography...but is it street photography?