Week 5 – Just Giving?

“The camera has the power to catch so-called normal people in such a way as to make them look abnormal. The photographer chooses oddity, chases it, frames it, develops it, titles it” (Sontag, 2008: 27) The use of photography to tell the story of disability is a long and controversial one. Traditionally it championed the […]

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Week 5 – The Ever Watchful Eye

Is photography voyeuristic? Alternatively, is the viewer themselves the voyeurist? To quote Swift: “When did it happen? That imperceptible inversion. As if the camera no longer recorded but conferred reality. As if the world were the lost property of the camera. As if the world wanted to be claimed and possessed by the camera. To […]

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Week 4 – Signs

“The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. Each evening we see the sunset. We know that the earth is turning away from it. The knowledge, the explanation, never quite fits the sight.” (Berger, 2008: 7) Images can be more than just two dimensional still frames from an ever moving […]

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Week 4 – Into the Image World

“The Photograph is an extended, loaded evidence — as if it caricatured not the figure of what it represents (quite the converse) but its very existence … The Photograph then becomes a bizarre medium, a new form of hallucination: false on the level of perception, true on the level of time: a temporal hallucination, so […]

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Week 3 – Hunters & Farmers

Winogrand once said, “You have got to deal with how photographs look, what is there, not how they are made.” (Winogrand in Diamonstein and Callahan, 1982: 181) As already seen, my working practices are varied, and for a long time, I lacked identity as a photographer. During the duration of this MA, I am finding more […]

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Week 3 – Constructed Realities

Within an average week, I look at many different photographs. Some intentionally, others I am exposed too through media, advertising and my work. The range of images varies wildly, but the percentage of those that stick with me is relatively small. For me, the images that carry gravitas are ones that showcase the living or […]

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Week 2 – Further Questions of Authenticity

“Photographs are not simply different from other kinds of pictorial representation in certain detailed respects; on the contrary, photographs are not representations at all. They are the practical realisation of the general artistic ideals of objectivity and detachment.” (Snyder, Walsh Allen, 1975: 175) From previous posts, I have considered the views of Barthes, Szarkowski and Berger. I find […]

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