Week 2 – A Question of Authenticity

“The realists do not take the: photograph for a “copy” of reality, but for an emulator of past reality: a magic, not an art. To ask whether a photograph is analogical or coded is not a good means of analysis. The important thing is that the photograph possesses an evidential force and that its testimony […]

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Week 1 – Informing Contexts?

Szarkowski once wrote “The history of photography had been less a journey than a growth. Its movement has not been linear and consecutive but centrifugal. Photography and our understanding of it have spread from a centre; it has, by infusion, penetrated our consciousness. Like an organism, photography was born whole. It is in our progressive […]

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Human Choices

Berger once said: “a large part of seeing depends on habit and convention” (Berger 1972: Episode 1) This was especially true in the days before photography when the visual art form was channelled through the medium of a painting, or sculpture. The artist’s ability to recreate a scene and display that to an audience was […]

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