Max Pinckers ° 1988 Brussels, Belgium
As an artist, Pinckers actively questions the commonly held neutral position of the documentary photographer, saying that he/she is not just “a fly on the wall” and can’t deny the reality of a directive and manipulative role. To expose this subjective element, Pinckers’ work uses a combination of almost theatrical lighting and staging, and he meticulously researches his projects and carefully plans their technical aspects, removing some of their spontaneity. For him, a photographer’s lack of objectivity expands the medium’s borders and brings an exciting element into the storytelling. “Fiction often teaches us more about reality than reality itself”, says Pinckers, and this mindset is visible through the gradual evolution of his own work.