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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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Didion on the San Bernadino Valley

“The Mormons settled this ominous country, and then they abandoned it, but by the time they left the first orange tree had been planted and for the next hundred years the San Bernardino Valley would draw a kind of people… Continue reading

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Frank on the West and the Pioneer

“Here was the remotest reach of pioneering, where it fell westward from the Sierras. It had to stop. There was no farther way. The Orient was not a gate but a bar. In the North, newer incentives were already there… 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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Maeterlinck on Language

“as soon as we put something into words, we devalue it in a strange way. we think we have plunged into the depths of the abyss, and when we return to the surface the drop of water on our pale… 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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One off: Rejlander.

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