"Photography is finished man, and the mountains"
When the photographer Mahmut, in the film Uzak, considers the compositional possibilities for a landscape photograph in an Anatolian mountain village we hear him mutter "fuck it, why bother?". This is often the photographer's lament today. Not brought about by the death of photography but by its ongoing expansion and penetration into every area of society. We are all photographers now, all of the time. Every photograph and photographer succumbs easily to tautology. Mahmut had once dreamed of making films like Tarkovsky. But, now he announces "photography is finished man. And the mountains".