Archive for the ‘Nostalgia for analogue photography’ Category

Buse, Peter. ‘Surely Fades Away’, Photographies, 1:2, 221 – 238 [discussion of Robert Adams & Polaroid] However, far from being some sort of special case or exception to the rule, Polaroid’s relationship with Adams simply crystallizes a problematic of value that runs right through the history of instant photography: its simultaneous association with both high […]

Mitchell, William J. ‘Wunderkammer to World Wide Web: Picturing Place in the Post-photographic Era’ Picturing Place: Photography and the Geographical Imagination ed. by Joan M. Schwartz and James R. Ryan (London: I.B.Taurus, 2003) 283-304 p.283 For as long as history records, societies have formed their knowledge of past times and distant places by capturing, transporting and displaying evidence […]



Batchen, Geoffrey. ‘Ectoplasm’ Each wild idea: writing, photography, history (Cambridge, Mass.; London: MIT, 2002 [essay originally published in 1994]) 128-144 p.129 This [current] sustained outburst of morbidity appears to stem from two related anxieties. The first is an effect of the widespread introduction of computer-driven imaging processes that allow “fake” photos to be passed off […]

Sontag, Susan. ‘In Plato’s Cave’ On Photography (London: Penguin Books, 1979) 3-24 p.3 In teaching us a new visual code, photographs alter and enlarge our notions of what is worth looking at and what we have a right to observe. They are a grammar and, even more importantly, an ethics of seeing. Finally the most grandiose […]

From The play with the images of art and their history is at the heart of Claudia Angelmaier’s work whereby particular focus lies on the pictures and their mechanical reproduction, material image and contextual situation. The protagonists of Angelmaier’s large-scale photographic works are books, postcards or transparencies and slides which show copies of “the […]

See film here: Kodak  2006 Single screen projection, 16mm colour film with audio track duration: 44min installation Tacita Dean and digital: Having worked with film as her principal medium since the early 1990s, Dean feels passionately about the end of analogue film production as for her, the digital technology which is supplanting it: just […]

John Fleischman and Robert Kunzig Discover From the February 2002 issue, published online February 1, 2002 Weblink: In 1847 one of the first daguerreotypes of an operation wowed viewers with its realism. A century and a half later, a new generation of holograms by optical engineer Yves Gentet—such as this one of a New […]

‘In Defence of Alternative Processes’ by Mike Ware A polemic in response to some ill-considered editorial denigration of these minority practices. The Medium It is a truism that the manufacturers of photographic materials provide contemporary photographers with a narrower choice of monochrome printing papers today than they offered our counterparts in the past. Transferring the […]

[Photography’s Antiquarian Avant-Garde charts the full-blown rebellion of contemporary photographers against the advent of digital photography and their reversion to photographic methods used in the nineteenth century. These photographers seek to reengage the physical facts of photography, its material and processes, by turning to the history of photography for metaphors, technical information, and visual inspiration. […]

This website is the virtual world of the exhibition Lost & Found: Rediscovering Early Photographic Processes held in the Fisher Gallery at the University of Southern California. Curated by four graduate students in the Art History department at USC, the exhibition is open from March 7 through April 21, 2001. Lost & Found presents the […]

Andy Grundberg ‘The Art of the American Snapshot’, Aperture, 190 (Spring 2008), 10–11 [On snapshots:] ‘Once ripped from their family-album contexts they are on the whole anonymous, banal, repetitive, trite.’ ‘So much for progressivism: the snapshot was born beautiful […] only to grow into a hyperactive but physically unremarkable adulthood. Perhaps it was the mass-media’s […]