BARBARA KRUGER Pictures and Words: Interview with Jeanne Siegel (1987)
I think that the exactitude of the photograph has a sort of compelling nature based in its power to duplicate life. But to me the real power of photography is based in death: the fact that somehow it can enliven that which is not there in a kind of stultifying frightened way, because it seems to me that part of one’s life is made up of a constant confrontation with on’s own death. And also the thing that’s happening with photography today vis-a-vis computer imaging, vis a vis alteration, is that it no longer needs to be based on the real at all. I don’t want to get into jargon, - let’s just say that to me photography no longer pertains to the rhetoric of realism; it pertains more to perhaps to the rhetoric of the unreal rather than the real or of course the hyperreal.