Thought Photography

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

January 2020

A thought photograph by Ted Serios (ca. 1967), taken from the book: ‘Photographs of the Unknown’. Serios claimed the ability to project mental images onto photographic film, sometimes with the lens cap still on and sometimes with no lens at all on the camera. Once, trying to ‘picture’ the Hilton Hotel at Denver, Colorado, he obtained this image of the Chicago Hilton instead. Pseudo-scientific studies on his work contain highly intriguing footage. This kind of psychic imagery recalls notions of ‘seeing without a seer’.

Frank van der Stok
Frank van der Stok (b. 1967) is a curator, editor, essayist and intermediary for artists and art institutions. He also works as an editor and producer of artists’ books.


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Thought photograph, Ted Serios, 1967

Frank van der Stok

In this Post-Truth era, almost every photograph seems to be speculative by nature.


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