Archive for the ‘“We live to be photographed”’ Category

Väliaho, Pasi. ‘Simulation, Automata, Cinema: A Critique of Gestures’, Theory & Event, 8:2 (2005) pp.1-39 [accessed: https://muse.jhu.edu/journals/theory_and_event/v008/8.2valiaho.html] p.36 The experimental, bare life that the hysterical body crystallizes in its distorted gestures, spasmodic jerks and abnormal physiognomy is rendered visible and known — and perhaps even brought into existence — by modern technological media.


To Interact

06Mar13

Flusser, Vilém. ‘To Interact’ Into the Universe of Technical Images trans. by Nancy Ann Roth (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011) pp.51-60 p.51 Technical images are not mirrors but projectors. They draw up plans on deceptive surfaces, and these plans are meant to become life plans for their recipients. No longer people but rather technical images lie […]


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 […]


Palmer, Daniel. ‘Emotional Archives: Online Photo Sharing and the Cultivation of the Self’, Photographies, 3:2, 155 – 171 The nature of these digital snapshots has already attracted considerable attention. For instance, there is widespread agreement among researchers that such images are both more intimate and mundane than earlier forms of personal photography (Gye; Murray). Indeed, […]


Reproducibility

28Nov11

Cadava, Eduardo. ‘Reproducibility’ Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History (Chichester: Princeton University Press, 1997) 42-44 p.42 [Benjamin] suggests that technical reproducibility can only be understood by considering the historical relations between science and art – especially in terms of their relation to the historical conditions of production and reproduction.  [..] Technical reproduction is not […]


Eternal Return

14Nov11

Cadava, Eduardo. ‘Eternal Return’ Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History (Chichester: Princeton University Press, 1997) 31-44 p.31 There can be no passing moment that is not already both the past and the future: the moment must be simultaneously past, present, and future in order for it to pass at all. p.32 The […]


Translations

12Nov11

Cadava, Eduardo. ‘Translations’ Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History (Chichester: Princeton University Press, 1997) 15-18 p.15 The disjunction between a photograph and the photographed corresponds to the caesura between a translation and an original. […] in order to be faithful to what is translatable in the original, the translator must depart from it, must […]


Ghosts

18Oct11

Cadava, Eduardo. ‘Ghosts’ Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History (Chichester: Princeton University Press, 1997) 11-13 p.11 Like an angel of history whose wings register the traces of this disappearance, the image bears witness to an experience that cannot come to light. Although what the photograph photographs is no longer present or living, […]


Flusser, Vilém. ‘The Technical Image’ Towards a Philosophy of Photography (London: Reaktion Books, 2000) 14-20 p.14 The technical image is an image produced by apparatuses. As apparatuses themselves are the products of applied scientific texts, in the case of technical images one is dealing with the indirect products of scientific texts. This gives them, historically […]


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 […]