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Artist Feature

Every week an artist is featured whose single image was published by Der Greif. The Feature shows the image in the original context of the series.

Dávid Biró - Axiom

Dec 06, 2017

In a world where is so many disinformations circulating around on the Internet and the media, it is a must to find a filter to distinguish the usable knowledge. We have to define a benchmark because the perceived and believed reality makes a difference. Nevertheless, photography and visual perception are in a similar inseparable condition as well. The photographic medium is not only the visual representation of the reality but the extension of the human vision. As every human perceive the world in a different way, the different photographic equipment does the same. So it is hard to talk about the reality and its definition because of its diversity. The only visual reliance is the colour reference chart, which helps to define a photographic image due to its determined construction. My obsession is to find points of reference in the real world which can be used to define the certain.


Artist Blog

The blog of Der Greif is written entirely by the artists who have been invited to doing an Artist-Feature. Every week, we have a different author.

In Search of the Neutral

Dec 11, 2017 - Dávid Biró

As photography, so the Internet is one of the most democratic mediums ever made. Yet, they still inherit some quality from their creators. Distortion and manipulation became their essential part. Therefore it is cardinal for the users to filter the useful information. This self-calibrating process is the greatest challenge of our days.


Dec 10, 2017 - Dávid Biró

As a side project, I tried to explore different methods to measure the world. Interestingly, it reveals itself in so many forms as many methods we use to analyse it.


What the colour reference chart is in photography, the units and standards are in everyday life. We use these tools by common agreement to avoid confusion. With their help, the definitions of our world are available for everyone. So we can begin to map and understand its structure.

Dávid Biró: Axiom, 2017


Dec 09, 2017 - Dávid Biró

Since the correspondence between perception and reality is so delicate, I determined to find the certain. I found this in the colour calibration chart, which is used to create a colour correct image under every circumstance.


In my latest series, this search became my obsession. Meanwhile, I think reality itself is “neutral grey” and our personal perspective and characteristics are the added value.

Dávid Biró: Indistinct, 2015

What Mary Didn’t Know

Dec 08, 2017 - Dávid Biró

Imagine a room where everything is black and white, even the TV, the books and everything inside. Mary lives in this room and from her sources she learned all the possible information about our world, including its concept of operation and structure. She is fully aware of light and knows how optics work. However, when she is released, she gains a new experience: the colour vision capability.


Mary thought she owned every possible knowledge as she read about this view. Although she could have imagined this with the help of the information available, she would never have a part in. After all, she acquired some new skills which are non-describable.


I hope technology will allow me to directly experience the invisible spectrum of light and a world, where everything is in grayscale.


Based on “Frank Jackson: What Mary Didn’t Know”

Dávid Biró: Indistinct, 2015

The Case of the Colorblind Painter

Dec 07, 2017 - Dávid Biró

In 1986, a 65 years old artist lost his colour vision due to a car accident. His perception and mental sensation weakened, he had grayscale dreams which had been vibrant before. It must have been an extreme change for a painter who works with colours every day. Despite his new sight, he could define his favourite paintings by Pantone colour chart that he used for decades. People appeared like living statues to him, their skins were grey as well. Since he found this new scene disgusting, he had to eat originally black and white food e.g. black olive, rice, and yoghurt. Oliver Sacks described this story in his study titled “The Case of the Colorblind Painter”.


The patient used photography for several times to explain the scenery and he had an amazing conclusion:

“We accept drawings, films, television—small, flat images in black and white you can look at, or away from, when you want. It is only an image, it is not supposed to be real. But imagine black and white all around you, 360 degrees, all solid and three-dimensional, and there all the time—a total black and white world.”


That is how I discovered vision as a fascinating topic to work with. Since this text, I think of photography as a tool to examine reality or as an extension of the human sight.