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Cadava on Photography & History

“We could even say that the lesson of the photograph for history — what it says about the specialization of light, about the electrical flashes of remote spirits — is that every attempt to bring the other to the light of… Continue reading

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Robert Storr on Gerhard Richter’s 18 October 1977

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Warstat on the Damaged Image

“Pictures seem to bear the accidental scars of damage with a dignified indifference. The image seems to be sealed off in a kind of self-enclosure. Similarly, the tradition of crucifixion painting and sculpture seems to need the presence of the… Continue reading

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Rancière on Rupture and Dissensus

“This is, after all, what ‘critique’ means: separation. When Rousseau wrote his Lettre sur les spectacles, this separation was emblema­tized by the apparently innocuous description of an ancient statue, that by Johann Joachim Winckelmann of the Torso of the Belvedere. The… Continue reading

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Lewis on Wall, Photography and Painting

“One of the ways in which photography has been presented as art by critics, curators and artists over the last thirty years is by emphasizing, against most ‘evidence’ to the contrary, how the hand of the artist can be seen… Continue reading

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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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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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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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Duchamp on Photography

“photography is not limited to the role of copyist. It is a marvellous explorer of those aspects that our retina never records, and that, every day, inflict such cruel contradictions on the adorers of familiar visions that are so few,… Continue reading

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