During & after the studies of Literature & Philosophy in Italy & Germany, the research and exploring of self and others of Irma Chacall is to be found in the writing and reading – until she wouldn’t discover photography -mainly experimenting with analogic cameras – as principal medium to express the way of perception. “The essence, the drama, the vulnerability, the passion of the humans move my photographs. When somebody lets someone shoot them with the camera, that very moment, that person is taking a highly moral decision. It’s intriguing, sometimes even breathtaking to capture this „moral decision“ one’s instinct, ego, or prude, or vanity – or however we want to call it – chooses to show while being shot” – she says. In fact she transfers this powerful existential interest for the “living” in das Gegenstand (the thing) as well – which she captures with a very similiar kind of passion, as she does with a human being. Amnemoir is her first, major, still ongoing project.
Her work has to be understood as a statement of her philosophy of feelings and thoughts – an experiment outside the academic influence of photography (as she is completely self-taught), without which (academic teaching) on the other hand, she could not live without. The dichotomy, the black and the white, the wild and the tame is a constant of her work.