Préface en anglais

Tina Kieffer's preface

I’ve often wondered what it is about these bodies – be they slender or heavy, candid or blasé, hairless or hirsute – that fascinates Gregor so much he’s driven to cast and to photograph them, to collect and to expose them.

I’ve seen him approach them with curiosity, a sense of complicity and the sort of emotional responsiveness that is usually unique to children.

I’ve never witnessed in his approach to these bodies a sexual or organic dimension; with him, the being always takes precedence over appearance, the spirit over sex and tenderness over despair. If he’s aware of their erotic potential and conveys it on paper, it’s always done gracefully, an intimate offering made even as he slips away from the viewer, whether present or not.

I’ve always thought that Gregor so loves people that he feels the need to strip them bare to be able to get ever closer to their human warmth.

And so, five years on, exploring this work based on the Pietà, I’ve come to understand what Gregor’s been seeking so passionately in these living shells: he wants to tap into their secrets. The bodies of men and women forever bear the imprint of time’s relentless flight, and people like Gregor know how to see this, how to interpret the thousand and one stigmata that make up the story of the person who has brought flesh to life. Gregor has that gift: the ability to immortalize these bodies so intensely experienced, to capture the moment even as it outpaces us, crystallizing the flicker of life even as it inevitably bids us adieu. Photographing these friends as they pass through his orbit is his way of expressing his attachment to them and letting them know that they will never really take leave of him. Gregor is more than a photographer: he’s a storyteller in images, relating the chronicle of our lives in a never-ending narrative.

©Gregor Podgorski ::: @contact