Hyperreal Photography

The concept of “hyperreality” was proposed by French theorist Jean Baudrillard during the 1980s to describe a society in which citizens are unable to distinguish between reality and simulation. In today’s world, according to Baudrillard, reality has been substituted with “false pictures” – to the point where it is impossible to tell the difference between what is real and artificial. Worldwide, the average person spends a total of 6 hours and 58 minutes using the internet each day. We are confronted with AI, photo manipulation and algorithmically-generated news feeds every time we open our smartphones. Here are five photographers engaging with this idea – presenting intriguing visions of landscapes and cities through lens-based trickery, editing and mesmerizing colour palettes.

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