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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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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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One off: Katy Grannan.

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Excerpt from “Revolutionary Letter #19″ by Diane Di Prima

if what you want is jobs for everyone, you are still the enemy, you have not thought thru, clearly what that means if what you want is housing, industry (GE on the Navaho reservation) a car for everyone, garage, refrigerator,… Continue reading

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Thompson on Modernity

“A commuter will leave his home in the northern suburbs of New York City at 6:30 or 7a.m. to drive on a six-lane highway at 70 or 75 miles an hour in a car separated from the ones in front,… 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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