Akira and Nathan Lasker

Schaulust (2014)

 

Having collaborated many times as the subjects of each others' photographs, the unease of being photographed was something that we had to become accustomed to. In our works leading up to our collaboration, we became acutely aware of the ways that we manipulated each other and the relations between us as both photographer and photographed.

In Schaulust, we used this uncomfortable dialogue to shine a light on the crucial figure of the photographer who directs and acts from the backstage of every portrait we see. Placing these two subjects side by side, we attempted to create a situation where the audience was at once viewing and being viewed through the camera, so as to capture both the guilty pleasure of photographing and the vulnerability of being a subject of the gaze.. albeit in a humorous fashion.