First, a word on terminology. ‘The uncanny’ is most simply explained as the feeling of unease human beings feel when something is both familiar and unfamiliar at once. Repetition, dreamscapes, facsimiles can all evoke it; Freud called it ‘that class of terrifying which leads back to something long known to us, once very familiar’. It’s been argued that the very medium of photography itself is uncanny, representing something so accurately, and yet not constituting it. All the work in ‘Magical Surfaces’ deals with the concept one way or another.