Martin Gasser


This is the written report of a thesis project which was done in the form of a book. This book was produced as a dummy consisting of fifty-five double pages (spreads). The book was planned and executed in all details and it is ready to be printed. The visual part includes a number of photo-sequences: seventy-seven black and white photographs and five postcards. Within these series of images are sequences of seven Swiss poems, seven exerpts from American TV commercials, seven Malay proverbs, seven quotations from the MFA Handbook, passages from seven books dealing with different concepts of photography and seven footnotes. The main theme of the book is the challenge of conventional relationships between reality and its depiction in the photograph. Other themes appearing are visual and literal comments on different processes involved in the whole thesis project, ie. the process of going through the MFA Program, the process of making or taking photographs, the photographic process itself, the process of planning and making the book and the process of looking through the book. The whole project (photographs, texts, the book, the show) was planned to encompass simultaneously everything a photographer could possibly deal with within the given framework.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Photography, Artistic

Publication Date


Document Type


Department, Program, or Center

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CIAS)


Pfahl, John

Advisor/Committee Member

Zandvoort, Hans


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in December 2013.

Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at TR654 .G37


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