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The Future Without You by Max Pinckers & Thomas Sauvin

The Future Without You by Max Pinckers & Thomas Sauvin

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For The Future Without You, Max Pinckers and Thomas Sauvin rummaged through 50,000 transparencies rescued from a recycling center in Beijing. This analog archive from the 1990s consists of stock photos that were produced in the U.S. and ended up in China when a company subsidiary was opened to market them in a new territory.

The images in this archive cover a wide array of subjects, themes, and photographic styles. They were made with the sole purpose of being purchased or licensed for a nonspecific context. They represent an era of advertising when high-quality, generic visuals would be adopted by companies to avoid the expense of arranging custom photoshoots.

With stock photography embodying the most capitalist form of imagery, Pinckers and Sauvin focused their selection on the world of corporate business, represented by actors of limited talent during a time of anxiety triggered by the arrival of the personal computer and the rise of the internet.

Reconsidered 30 years later, something is amusing, but also disturbing, about these images, which seem to have lost none of their relevance with the dawn of artificial intelligence.

  • First edition of 800 copies
  • 160 x 220 mm
  • 222 pages
  • Hardcover

Artist: Max Pinckers & Thomas Sauvin

Published By: Beijing Silvermine & Lyre Press

For The Future Without You, Max Pinckers and Thomas Sauvin rummaged through 50,000 transparencies rescued from a recycling center in Beijing. This analog archive from the 1990s consists of stock photos that were produced in the U.S. and ended up in China when a company subsidiary was opened to market them in a new territory.

The images in this archive cover a wide array of subjects, themes, and photographic styles. They were made with the sole purpose of being purchased or licensed for a nonspecific context. They represent an era of advertising when high-quality, generic visuals would be adopted by companies to avoid the expense of arranging custom photoshoots.

With stock photography embodying the most capitalist form of imagery, Pinckers and Sauvin focused their selection on the world of corporate business, represented by actors of limited talent during a time of anxiety triggered by the arrival of the personal computer and the rise of the internet.

Reconsidered 30 years later, something is amusing, but also disturbing, about these images, which seem to have lost none of their relevance with the dawn of artificial intelligence.

  • First edition of 800 copies
  • 160 x 220 mm
  • 222 pages
  • Hardcover

Artist: Max Pinckers & Thomas Sauvin

Published By: Beijing Silvermine & Lyre Press