Original wrappers, fine copy. Signed. 2012
Max Pinckers' The Fourth Wall explores the influence of Hindi cinema on everyday life in India, demonstrating how this fictional world infiltrates reality. The book consists of a series of photographs juxtaposed with quotes from Indian newspapers expressing a similar duality as the images; a suggestion of fictional events predicting and dictating real events. "On a theater stage that consists of three walls; left, right and back, the fourth wall forms the imaginary screen through which the audience sees the scene unfold. The actors, conscious of this barrier, tend to break through it now and then by hinting at their own fiction, acknowledging the camera and the act. Nowhere else is there such devotion to cinema as in India. This fictional world seeps into reality and influences everyday life dictating the perception and imagination of its audience. A collection of quotes from newspapers is evidence of this synthesis. The people in these images become actors by choosing their own roles, which they perform for the camera and its western operator. Conscious of the power of images, they give it their all, reflecting on their silver screen dreams by embracing their collective visual world and creating their own brief moments of suspension of disbelief."