Christian Boltanski
[Artist, b. 1944, Paris, lives in Paris.]

 At first, what especially interested me was the property granted to photography of furnishing the evidence of the real: a scene that has been photographed is experienced as being true…. If someone exhibits the photograph of an old lady and the viewer tells himself; today, she must be dead, he experiences an emotion which is not only of an aesthetic order. 
 In my first little book, Tout ce qui reste de mon enfance of 1969, there is a photograph that supplies the apparent proof that I went on vacation to the seashore with my parents, but it is an unidentifiable photograph of a child and a group of adults on the beach. One can also see the bed I slept in when I was five years old; naturally, the caption orients the spectator, but the documents are purposely false. 
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