A photographer’s take on analog documentation in a digital world

JUDY WOODRUFF: Tonight’s Brief But Spectacular
features artist Uldus Bakhtiozina. The award-winning photographer explains her
vision of documenting dreams. It’s part of our ongoing Canvas series. ULDUS BAKHTIOZINA, Photographer: I’m not a
documentary photographer in the common sense, but I am a documentary photographer in a different
sense. I document dreams. My photography is widely exposing theme of
escapism. All of us struggle sometimes to escape in
order to analyze our reality. I love complicated personalities. And, actually, real life inspires me to create
my images. I choose to work with people who are survivors,
who are fighting everyday routines that are not always full of color. What I really find exciting is the ability
to make people’s dreams of being someone else a reality. Sometimes, it take months to actually prepare
everything for the shoot. This process, like, of getting ready is 95
percent of the time. And 5 percent is actual just the shooting. Real life inspires our escape. And, sometimes, that escape is very needed. Irony is still the key in what I’m doing,
because I believe that, in our life, it’s a lot of sadness. We need a little bit of irony to art as well. Digitally manipulated photograph is not really
true for me. It doesn’t capture anything real. That’s like, instead of going traveling, you
just look at someone else travel photographs. I work with analogue. In spite of the fact that, nowadays, digitally
you can create pretty much everything, I don’t like this path. I see the beauty in authenticity of making. And that’s impossible without flaws. I see the future of photography 95 percent
is digital, and I’m very happy about that, because that makes me special. My name is Uldus Bakhtiozina. This is my Brief But Spectacular take on documenting

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