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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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Picon on the Landscape

“Instead of being faced with traditional machines like the locomotive or the automobile, we find ourselves more and more in contact with a world of quasi-objects, of terminals, connectors and networks. These latter no longer possess the individuality that philosophers… 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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One off: John Divola.

            From the series As Far As I Could Get, in which each image was “made by pushing the self-timer button on my camera and running as fast as I could away from the camera. An… 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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Solnit on the Californian Landscape

“One of the reasons often given to explain why the American film industry settled in Hollywood is Southern California’s ability to simulate almost any part of the world: it has lush agricultural areas, deserts, mountains, forests, oceans and open space… 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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Anglo-Saxon metrical charm

Wen, wen, little wen, Here you shall not build, nor have your abode, But you shall go north to the hill nearby Where, benighted one, you have a brother. He shall lay a leaf at your head. Under the wolf’s… 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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