Archive for the ‘Photography and Unconscious’ Category

Kember, Sarah J. ‘The Virtual Life of Photography’, Photographies, 1:2, 2008, pp.175 – 203 After more than 150 years, we still do not know what photography is. The reason for this, I suggest, is indeed due to the deployment of a restricted range of disciplinary and conceptual frameworks – but only in part. Memory constitutes […]


p.3 Barthes ‘wanted to learn at all costs what Photography was “in itself,” by what essential feature it was to be distinguished from the community of images. p.4 What the Photograph reproduces to infinity has occurred only once: the Photograph mechanically repeats what could never be repeated existentially. p.5 The Photograph is never anything but […]


Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History 221-244 in Petro, Patrice. ed., Fugitive images, from photography to video (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996) p.221 […] Benjamin persistently conceives of history in the language of photography, as though he wished to offer us a series of snapshots of his latest reflections on history. What […]


Benjamin, Walter., ‘A Short History of Photography’ One-Way Street (London: Verso, 1979; 1997) 240–257 p.243 Immerse yourself in such a picture long enough and you will recognise how alive the contradictions are, here too: the most precise technology can give its productsa magical value, such as a painted picture can never again have for us. […]


“Photographic Anamnesia: The Past in the Present” Mette Sandbye in Symbolic Imprints: Essays on Photography and Visual Culture, edited by Lars Kiel Bertelson, Rune Gade, and Mette Sandbye, Aaphus University, Oxford, 1999. p.181 [Sandbye disagrees with Sontag’s view that ‘To possess the world in the form of images is, precisely,  to re-experience the unreality and remoteness […]