You know that moment, when the camera comes out and you have the instinct to compose yourself in some altered state. Really it’s fake but we’ve seen it so often we think fake is real, these posed, perfectly composed presentations of “self.” Truly they are fictions of our imagination, the dream of who we want to be, who we see ourselves as, and how we would like to be seen.
But then, the photographer knows what he wants to see, and will take the picture at will, your desires be damned. “Not Yet!” you might cry out, in an attempt to control the scene. But it’s too late. Your moment turned out to the moment before you pulled it together.
Photographer Ari Marcopoulos understands this. His photographs are taken in the meantime, in between times, capturing how things are rather than how we want to seek to re-present reality. His new monograph, Not Yet (Rizzoli), is a glorious collection of iconic and never-before seen photographs made from the 1980s to the present that take us along his paths through life.
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Photo: Fela Kuti Queens, 1982. ©Ari Marcopoulos, courtesy of Rizzoli.