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Dillon on The Ruin

“The history of ruins in art records the gradual diminution of the human figure until it is merely a tiny marker of the enormity of the destruction that has been wrought in the scene. In the seventeenth century, the figures… Continue reading

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In Baltz’s Wake: A Thought on the Landscape in Contemporary Photography

I. The jagged and memorable sweep of Lewis Baltz’s early photographic work is bound up with the wave of suburbanisation, consumerism and new economic modes of development. These forces rose to prominence after the Second World War, and gained their… Continue reading

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Picon on Obsolescence and the Ruin

“And everything wears itself out, or almost, in the cityscape of today. Metal oxidizes, plastic yellows and cracks. The idea of functionality goes hand in hand, therefore, with that of obsolescence. Obsolescence is not exactly the same thing as death, the progressive and dignified death that… Continue reading

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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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Bergson on Time and The Instant

“Life does not flow along a slope on an axis of objective time that would serve as its channel. Although it may be a form imposed upon time’s successive instants, life always finds its primary reality in an instant. Hence,… Continue reading

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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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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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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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