double #29

Summary

In his much quoted book “Camera Lucida” Roland Barthes sees a close relationship between photography and theatre in the “mediation of death”, in makeup, masks and the representation of a “living image” in which we can see death. This edition of double asks what it means when we photograph puppet theatre, the art form which literally “animates” by bringing dead material to life on the stage. Do the stimuli provided by puppets inevitably get lost in photos? Or are other exciting effects created by the meeting of the two media? The magazine collects contributions by and about photographers, artists and puppeteers from 1905 to the present day.