with essays by Joerg Bader, Christoph Doswald, Michael Hagner, Jan Wenzel
First Edition, 2018
Jules Spinatsch began his work 15 years ago with automatic cameras, as they are used in the field of surveillance of public spaces. At that time he created a 180° panorama of the World Economic Forum in Davos consisting of 2,176 individual images. He continued the group of works entitled Semiautomatic Photography with shots of a football stadium, the Vienna Opera Ball, a prison and the SAP headquarters. The book Semiautomatic Photography shows the complete cycle for the first time. In it, Spinatsch focuses on selected individual images that are otherwise a tiny element in the image panoramas. Similar to William S. Burroughs' cut-ups, this "cutting out" of the individual photos leads to a subversive image strategy, to reflection on the function of the visual in a society of control. The book is published on the occasion of the exhibition 'Semiautomatic Photography' at the Centre de la Photographie Genève, 12 December 2018 to 2 February 2019.