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Kozloff on the Plasticity of Genre

“For some time, we’ve been breathing an atmosphere where photographic media reflect upon themselves, even as some imagists within them claim an artistic vantage outside the media. Modern art is notable for ingesting popular media, either for ironic or topical… Continue reading

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Campany on the banality of Universal Photographic Language

“If, as we are often told, the photograph is a universal form of communication, it is only at the level of the obvious and the already understood. It is clichés and only clichés that bind us in this increasingly fragmentary… Continue reading

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Rancière on Art, Politics and Reality

“There is no ‘real world’ that functions as the outside of art. Instead, there is a multiplicity of folds in the sensory fabric of the common, folds in which outside and inside take on a multiplicity of shifting forms, in… Continue reading

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Beshty on the Neutralisation of Self

“In this model of social anomie we lose ourselves in the ebb and flow of a realised utopia of our desires. Our perpetual movement between the limbos of non-places, such as airport terminals, thruways, malls, housing developments and pre-fab communities… Continue reading

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Kozloff on the Melancholy Landscape

“…the picture of nature today may testify to the damage men have done to their environment, a damage possibly so extreme as to hasten human and animal fate. With both the earlier moralizing tradition and the current instance of it,… Continue reading

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Hambourg on Photography, Memory and Sigmar Polke

“Memory digests and stores original experience in representations that are personally colored, recast by the imagination. Creativity seems to work in much the same way; it swallows its impetus in order to reconstitute it in a more consequent and permanent… Continue reading

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Blanchot on the Object, the Image and Distance

“After the object comes the image. “After” means that the thing must first take itself off a ways in order to be grasped. But this remove is not the simple displacement of a moveable object which would nevertheless remain the… Continue reading

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Cadava on Benjamin, Photography and Death

“…the photographic event reproduces, according to its own faithful and deathbringing manner, the posthumous character of our lived experience. The home of the photographed is the cemetery.” — Eduardo Cadava “Mortification” in Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History (1997)

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Mulvey on the Figure of the Woman

“Woman then stands in patriarchal culture as signifier for the male other, bound by a symbolic over in which man can live out his phantasies and obsessions through linguistic command by imposing them on the silent image of woman still… Continue reading

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Kozloff on the Camera and culture

“Without asking so much as the viewer’s leave, photographers have deprogrammed the genres and tossed media in a juggle of unexpected meanings. They remind us, if only by contrast, of how often our understanding of photographs originates on the basis… Continue reading

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