Seen and Not Seen
A Statement by Ken Rosenthal
Recently, while paging through albums of family photographs, I was struck by the realization that many of the pictures that were bringing back strong memories occurred before I was born, or at times or places I was not present. These memories were so vivid, yet were indeed false memories. Fascinated with how many of our recollections can be attributed to a photograph, dream or story as opposed to an actual experience, I began to cull imagery from archives of family photographs and person work.
Seen and Not Seen is a merging of autobiographical and the universal. Most of the photographs in this series are intensely personal, yet many speak to a common experience. Interestingly, as this body of work has evolved, some images have become so resonant that the lines between experience and intervention have blurred even more.
Like life itself, this series is at once true and fictitious, remembered and reconstructed, seen and not seen.