Archive for the ‘Politics & Photography’ Category

Kember, Sarah; Zylinska, Joanna. ‘Remediating Creativity: Performance, Invention, Critique’, Life After New Media: Mediation as a Vital Process (Cambridge, MA: MIT, 2012) pp.173-200 p.175 In the context of the previous arguments, it may seem risky or even impudent to reclaim creativity as a viable strategy for thinking about the media differently. p.176 Indeed, creativity is inevitably tied […]


Batchen, Geoffrey. ‘Photogrammatology: Writing/Photography’ Art Document, Winter (1994), 3-6 p.3 By projecting photography as a system of representation, each individual photograph becomes an historical, and therefore mutable, artefact of meaning. This view of photography directly opposes  the one propagated since the late 1960’s by formalist scholars, such as John Szarkowski. This Kantian historiography therefore entails a continual search for “concepts […]


Schwartz, Joan M; Ryan, James R. ‘Photography and the Geographical Imagination’ Picturing Place: Photography and the Geographical Imagination ed. by Joan M. Schwartz and James R. Ryan (London: I.B.Taurus, 2003) 1-18 p.1 More than one hundred and fifty years later – despite ongoing and unresolved debates over the status of photography as a fine art and over […]


Warning

06Feb12

Flusser, Vilém. ‘Warning’ Into the Universe of Technical Images trans. by Nancy Ann Roth (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011) 3-4 p.3 Utopia means groundlessness, the absence of a point of reference. We face the immediate future directly, unequivocally, except inasmuch as we cling to those structures generated by utopia itself. That is what has […]


Danger

28Nov11

Cadava, Eduardo. ‘Danger’ Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History (Chichester: Princeton University Press, 1997) 47-59 p.47 It is because the question of reproducibility extends far beyond the realm of art that it raises the possibility of the democratization of death. Not only does technical reproducibility change our relation to death, but the incursion of the […]


Politics

28Nov11

Cadava, Eduardo. ‘Politics’ Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History (Chichester: Princeton University Press, 1997) 44-47 p.44 What is at stake in the question of technological reproducibility – in the question of photography, for example – is not whether photography is art, but in what way all art is photography. For Benjamin, as soon as […]


Bezencenet, Stevie., Bresheeth, Haim. ‘Photographic Archives’ Photographic Practices: Towards a different image ed. by Stevie Bezencenet and Philip Corrigan (London: Comedia, 1986) 61-64 p.61 The problem is that this multiplicity of imagery [found in private and public archives] is often not accorded any significance and consequently not ‘mapped’. Such a process involves an attitude, before […]


History

18Oct11

Cadava, Eduardo. ‘History’ Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History (Chichester: Princeton University Press, 1997) pp.1-5 p.1 [In ‘Theses on the concept of History’] Benjamin’s consideration of the historical and philosophical questions suggested by the rise and fall of photography can therefore be understood as an effort to measure the extent to which the […]


Smith, Shawn Michelle. ‘Race and Reproduction in Camera Lucida’ Photography:Theoretical Snapshots ed. by Long, J.J., Nobel, Andrea, and Welch, Edward (Oxon: Routledge, 2009) pp.98-111 p.98 A close reading of [Camera Lucida] discovers that many of Barthes’s most important and influential insights are informed by complicated, and sometimes vexing, personal-political inclinations. Indeed, Barthes’s very conception of photography is […]



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