Step into an Imaginary Photography Studio From the 1850s

“Zohar’s Voyage” from Predicting the Past—Zohar Studios: The Lost Years published by Hat & Beard Press (all images courtesy Stephen Berkman)

The perception of photography as a documental form is based on a simple premise: you cannot photograph something that isn’t there. In his latest project, photographer Stephen Berkman turns this idea on its head by claiming to document what is no longer there … and maybe what never was. On this point, you won’t get a straight answer out of Berkman.

“Creating the book, I never thought about it in terms of classification,” he said, in a phone interview with Hyperallergic. “I hope this book looks to the future as it exhumes the past.”

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