The third series in a suite of portraits addressing the representation, and our perception, of the photographic model, The Apparatus foregrounds the figure of a photographer in action. The model’s neutral sexuality assimilates them to the camera, of which they act as an extension. The title refers not only to the mechanical apparatus but also to the human body that operates it and sets it in motion. The gaze and the body are entwined. Reproducing a situation of casting or scientific observation, Steinbach has the model simulate various photographic strategies, gestures, and attitudes. He creates variations using a limited array of accessories, while leaving the action or object at which the camera is pointed systematically outside the frame. Is it a war, a demonstration? While the pictures refer to well-codified usages in photography and, by implication, to precise genres, they also remind us of the process of image production, which is generally effaced by the image itself.
Publication : Der Apparat, Spector Books, 2019.