Seen and Not Seen
by Ken Rosenthal
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Seen and Not Seen is a selection of images by photographer Ken Rosenthal that explore the subject of image and memory. Ken says that impetus for this project began while paging through albums of family photographs, during which he
...was struck by the realization that many of the pictures that were bringing back strong memories occurred before I was born, or at times or places I was not present. These memories were so vivid, yet were indeed false memories. Fascinated with how many of our recollections can be attributed to a photograph, dream or story as opposed to an actual experience, I began to cull imagery from archives of family photographs and personal work.
Seen and Not Seen is a merging of the autobiographical and the universal. Most of the photographs in this series are intensely personal, yet many speak to a common experience. Interestingly, as this body of work has evolved, some images have become so resonant that the lines between experience and invention have blurred even more.