Category Archives: Criticism

Rancière on Alfredo Jaar.

“There are too many images, so it is rumored, and that is why we make ill-considered judgements. It is true that this criticism takes two apparently contradictory forms. At times it accuses images of submerging us with their sensory power,… Continue reading

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Chaban on the Documentary Image.

“The screen as a representational space offers a constant interplay between different modes of appearance which present themselves conventionally as ontological antinomies: reality and illusion, realism and fantasy, story and non- story, staged and unstaged, etc. It was probably inevitable… Continue reading

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Jaar on the Photographic Image.

“For me, what was important was to record everything I saw around me, and to do this as methodically as possible. In these circumstances a ‘good photograph’ is a picture that comes as close as possible to reality. But the… Continue reading

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Adams on Photographing Evil

“Few photographers themselves have, however, supported the use of the adjective “concerned” as a way of distinguishing one artist from another; they know firsthand that all art is the product of concern. They believe as a consequence that it has… Continue reading

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Taussig and Polke on Death

““I am not making a pilgrimage,” I said to myself when I visited the graveyard at Port Bou in the spring of 2002. Indeed I was not even sure I wanted to visit the graveyard. I do not think this… Continue reading

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Guggenheim panel on Portraiture and Affect

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Berger on Art

“All art is meaningless to those for whom life itself is merely a spectacle.” — John Berger A Painter of Our Time (1996)

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Stahel on Photographic Literacy

An engaging and timely lecture by Urs Stahel, former Chief Curator of the Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland, from the Delhi Photo Festival in September 2013. Fotomuseum Winterthur launched their remarkable curatorial programme in 1993 with an exhibition of the landmark body of work New Europe by Paul Graham.… Continue reading

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Piper on Consumerism

“The culture of unrestrained free-market capitalism feeds on the shared and foundational experience of incompleteness, inferiority – of generalised insuffuciency, or want. The experience of generalised want is created by media fabulations of a fantasy world of perpetual happiness that… Continue reading

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Kozloff on Voyeurism

“Voyeurism, then, realizes itself only through a hindrance that it creates on its own. In refusing or fearing to engage directly with the attracting object, the individual compensates by possessing it visually. At the same time, if the occupational hazard… Continue reading

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