Those Who Say ‘Tea’ And Those Who Say ‘Çay’
  • Those Who Say ‘Tea’ and Those who say ‘Çay’

    48 colored photocopies 30 x 35 cm.
    48 colored photographs 30 x 35 cm.
    1998

    Those who say Tea photographs are arranged in a grid format on four pieces of 90 x 140 cm. photograph board containing twelve photographs each. Those Who Say Tea photocopies were made exactly the same size. Here I ask what happens when a photograph is copied using a new technique? Does the photograph become an original?

    Some of the photographs had been shot by an amateur photgrapher using first a manual camera without flash to capture a portrait-type image of a tea glass set up in an office at Mimar Sinan University and then an automatic camera with flash set up in the artist’s kitchen. Other of the photographs of tea glasses had been delivered from a local tea man to Deniz Photographic Kodak Development shop. In theis shop a professional photographer made pictures of a traditional tea glass.

    Walter Benjamin wrote that the twentieth centry forms of mass reproduction, printing, photography, and cinema, reflected his wider interest in new cultural forms. In his opinion, technical reproduction puts the copy into place/time situations closed to the original. The technical reproduction by detaching the reproduced object from the domain of tradition removes its ‘aura’. By making many reproductions it substitues a plurlity of copies for a unique existence. Mechanical reproduction frees the work of art from its dependence on ritual and makes the base political. Since from a photographic negative any number of prints can be made, Benjamin proposed that asking for the ‘authentic’ print makes no sense.