New Magnum Photos Nominee Cristina de Middel blends traditional documentary photography with fresh conceptual ideas. Examining the complex relationship between the medium and notions of truth, the practitioner unearths key contemporary tensions between artificiality and reality. The acclaimed series The Afronauts follows the narrative of a failed space program in 1960s Zambia, achieving a surreal aesthetic through staged reenactments of fictional histories.
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1. Hamba, 2011. From the series Afronauts © Cristina De Middel and Magnum Photos.