Max Pinckers’ THE FOURTH WALL is now part of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive


Title: The Fourth Wall

Photographer: Max Pinckers

Date of publication: 2012

Place of publication: Arnhem, The Netherlands

Language: English

Edition size: 1000

Dimensions of book: 195 x 273 mm

Number of pages: 192 (full edition)

ISBN: 978 9 0819 7150 8

Retail price: N/A

Summary of Project:

“A photograph of two men in uniform climbing over a fence, escaping. A re-enactment of a moment that just passed. They do it over again with great pride and pleasure. Later I read an article in the newspaper. Two men use sleep-inducing gas to rob a struggling actress in her home; the same gas used in a 1972 super hit film in which a cook robs his landlord. An image that I’ve been planning to make for some time comes to mind – a thick cloud of smoke in a bedroom film set. Two men in uniform sitting in a park. I photograph them. They pretend to have just woken up. On a Bombay rooftop I make a portrait of a Salman Khan look-alike. Another article tells me how a young girl loses herself in this big city in search of her idol, Salman Khan.” – Max Pinckers

Photo-eye Book of the Week: A Pick by Martin Parr, July 2013
“The sleeper book of the year is Max Pinckers’ The Fourth Wall by this emerging young Belgian photographer. It is a very nice production, and this self-published book, on a charmingly cheap newsprint examines the idea of the Indian film world and the escapism of this, alongside a very good set of contemporary images. These two ideas are woven together with great skill and the book just seems to work very well.” – Martin Parr

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