I asked a group of photographers to pick work from their archives and place our photos side by side: I chose one of their images, and paired it with one of mine; then they chose one of mine, and paired it with one of theirs. More precisely: the odd-numbered photograph (1, 3, 5) was chosen by one photographer of the other’s work—an opening; while the even-numbered photograph (2, 4, 6), from that photographer’s own archive, is a pairing, a response, an echo, a resonance—a closing.
The hinges holding our diptychs in place are many.
The work in this section is courtesy of the photographers below, with all rights reserved.
Zun Lee was born and raised in Germany and is currently based in Toronto, Canada. His first book of photography, Father Figure, is forthcoming in the fall of 2014. He writes: “As a nomad, I don’t have a sense of belonging to one place. I carry that with me wherever I go. I don’t have many intact stories of home, so I create them with my camera—stories of what ‘home’ means to me, and stories of people that remind me of being ‘home.’ ”
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Magda Kapa was born and raised in Greece and currently lives in Germany. In addition to shooting film photography, she writes poetry and short stories in English. Her work has been published in online literary blogs and magazines, and one of her projects is forthcoming from Phoenicia Publishing. She is on Twitter as @MagdaKapa; her photograph of the dancer in the Greek restaurant inspired this series of tweets.
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Teju Cole is the author of Open City and Every Day Is for the Thief. His photography has been published in A Public Space, Huck, Domus India, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, and online at The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker.
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