With Automarket Tbilisi the young Austrian photographer
Markus Krottendorfer shows in his b/w photographs the protagonists of a used car market in the capital of the Georgian Republic. The interest of the artist on the complexity of social structures and constellations brings him to sceneries that do not represent individual behaviours but collective acts under apparently chaotic conditions. He tries to challenge the possibilities and limits of the replication of realities especially through the pretended impartial medium of documentary photography, but also being part of the events.
The book features a series of black-and-white photographs of stock car races in England. Race-modified production cars, some of them badly dented or covered in stickers, cars at a standstill, racing, flying through the air, colliding; scenes before and during the race, taken from and on the stands, from the edge of the track, and in the pits; drivers, mechanics, spectators; scrap heaps and brightly polished engine bonnets. The photographer’s eye is directed not just at the event itself, but also at its social environment as a whole.
As you leaf through the printed pages, the double-sided photographs of what was originally a slide show create the impression of a projected sequence.
The layout and the emotionally charged images are such that you feel transported back to the 70s. It’s British motor racing in its purest form.