Unseen Photo Fair 2014: The Hand-Built Image

From meticulous collages to deceptive sets, five photographers' take on the time-honored art of physical photo manipulation

A motto we adhere to around CH HQ is that there are no new ideas, only new executions. Such is true of contemporary photo collage. The technique has been around since the early 1920s, when the Dadaists took to the medium so that they “could attack the bourgeoisie with distortions of its own communications imagery.” Agendas aside, many photographers still toy with this craft-like approach, …

Unseen Photo Fair 2014: Obscuring The Human Form

Provocative images commanding a closer look, culled from Amsterdam's expertly curated annual showcase

Now in its third year, Amsterdam’s Unseen Photo Fair is a veritable artistic force. Housed in a former gasworks, the impressive selection shows that while the world may be drowning in images, when expertly curated, it’s still an enlightening medium that can teach, surprise and spark intense controversy. Below is a look at some of the more provocative images we came across, which examine the …