Conceptual - NOMINEE: Francisco Diaz and Deb Young
Photo © Francisco Diaz and Deb Young
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created by The International Collaboration Project - Deb Young + Francisco Diaz
Storytelling is common to every culture and tales handed down through generations have the power to hold important meaning and symbolism. In this series, Diaz + Young's exploration of myths, fables, fairytales, nursery rhymes and idioms opens the discussion on how these mythical qualities can be interpreted today.
These works are less about the historical significance of the tale but rather, the symbolic interpretation that the clues in these narratives offer.
The stories are fascinating, beautiful and threatening and play an important role in knowledge transfer and personality development, having the power to influence a person's perception, attitude, behavior, and many other factors important to societies.
The International Collaboration Project
Francisco Diaz (USA) + Deb Young (New Zealand)
"While a photo montage isn't a new concept, most modern artists use the form to create surreal or fantastic images. What is different about this collaboration is an eerie sense of reality, which itself is an ironic refutation of photography as truth."
Writer Teresa Politano - Inside Jersey Magazine
The idea that two artist photographers — one male, the other female — can work together while being separated by a vast ocean of 8,000 miles, is revolutionary — but such is the nature of this groundbreaking exploration, The International Collaboration Project by Francisco Diaz (USA) + Deb Young (New Zealand).
Embracing the 21st century digital era sparked this innovation where art photographers collaborate from different corners of the globe, blending creative energies as an example of true cooperation amongst global strangers in these difficult times.
Described as "disturbingly beautiful”, their images have given rise to the term "cinematic narrative photomontages.” This enterprising spirit links them to inspirational photographers like Jerry Uelsmann, Julie Blackmon, Tom Chambers and Gregory Crewdson. In pushing boundaries, Diaz + Young’s radical approach to collaborative montage is unique in photographic history. They don’t use models, props or set-ups, but create from totally random images. Though separated by more than 8,000 miles, their collaborative process encompasses working together remotely in real time on one piece and viewing through each other’s camera. Using gender differences, they infuse their narrative work with a masculine/feminine sensibility. Many series are plot related not just theme related, with an underlying lo-fi sensibility.