Archive for the ‘Narrative & Photography’ Category

Flusser, Vilem. ‘Line and Surface’ Writings translated by Andreas Ströhl (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002) 21-34 [originally published in 1973] p.21 Surfaces are becoming ever more important in our surroundings. For instance, TV screens, posters, the pages of illustrated magazines. Photographs, paintings, carpets, vitreaux, cave paintings surrounded men in the past, but these surfaces did not offer themselves […]


Langford, Martha. ‘Speaking the Album: An Application of the Oral-Photographic Framework’ Locating Memory: Photographic Acts ed. by Annette Kuhn and Kirsten Emiko McAllister (Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2006) 223-246 p.223 […] attention to the photographic album since the mid-1960s can be said to constitute in itself a model ‘thought community’, an idea of album sustained by […]


Snapshots

03Jan12

Batchen, Geoffrey. ‘Snapshots’, Photographies, 1:2, 121 – 142, 2008. […] it could be said that snapshots are to the history of photography as photography is to the history of art; each represents a significant threat to the stability of its host discipline. [Batchen describes three vernacular photographs] It’s been said that Americans alone take about […]


Berger, John. ‘Uses of Photography’ About Looking (London: Bloomsbury, 2009) 52-67 [An essay for Susan Sontag, in reponse to On Photography] p.52 The speed with which the possible uses of photography were seized upon is surely an indication of photography’s profound, central applicability to industrial capitalism. It was not, however until the 20th century and the period […]


The Family Gaze

17Feb11

Haldrop, Michael; Larsen, Jonas. ‘The Family Gaze’ Tourist Studies 3 (London: Sage Publications, 2003) pp.23-46 p.24 Despite the fact that taking photographs is perhaps the emblematic tourist practice and that tourist studies have been dominated by a visual paradigm of gazing, remarkably little sustained research has explored the general connections between tourism and popular tourist […]


View video here: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/jonathan_harris_collects_stories.html At the EG conference in December 2007, artist Jonathan Harris discusses his latest projects, which involve collecting stories: his own, strangers’, and stories collected from the Internet, including his amazing “We Feel Fine.” Brooklyn-based artist Jonathan Harris‘ work celebrates the world’s diversity even as it illustrates the universal concerns of its occupants. […]


C o l l e c t e d V i s i o n s was conceived by Lorie Novak and created in collaboration with Clilly Castiglia, Betsey Kershaw, and Kerry O’Neill. Launched in May 1996, Collected Visions is a participatory website that explores the relationship between family photographs and memory. The most significant […]


Stories

04Apr10

Berger, John. ‘Stories’ Another Way of Telling by John Berger and Jean Mohr (Cambridge: Granta Books, 1982) 277-289 p.280 A photograph is simpler than most memories, its range more limited. Yet with the invention of photography we acquired a new means of expression more closely associated with memory than any other. Both the photograph and the […]


June Clark

21Feb10

Amazing work using and manipulating found photographs. “June was born and brought up in Harlem, New York City. She emigrated to Canada in 1968, became a Canadian citizen and currently lives and works in Toronto.” Date made: 1989 Materials: photo etching (with text) Text reads: Grandma said, “when you pick your husband, think of what […]


One of my favourite works. It tells us more about photography than seeing ‘the photograph’ ever could. Buy the book here: http://www.cornerhouse.org/books/info.aspx?ID=745&page=0 I have scanned the images myself so hopefully this won’t have any copyright issues – but I want more people to be able to see this work!


Mari Mahr

03Dec09

Mari Mahr rephotographs images and objects into subtle constructions of memory and narrative. Her book: http://books.google.com/books?id=cQ50QgAACAAJ&dq=inauthor:Mari+inauthor:Mahr


Appearances

26Nov09

Bergere, John. ‘Appearances’ Another Way of Telling (New York: Vintage Books, 1982) 81- p.86 A photograph arrests the flow of time in which the event photographed once existed. All photographs are off the past, yet in them an instant of the past is arrested so that, unlike a lived past, it can never lead to […]


Labyrinth (My Mother’s Album) is a large-scale installation consisting of a series of narrow corridors leading in a maze-like double spiral. The viewer enters the installation through a door and is lead through progressively shorter corridors at right angles until he or she enters a small space in the centre of the labyrinth. This room, […]