What is a photograph?

The photograph cannot be a record of light, the imprint left by “the chemical response to radiant energy” (ROMER 2005: 1). The photograph is the information we define as light. Romer reminds us that the word ‘photography’ means “writing with light” (Ibid. 1). I would suggest a redefinition of the word ‘photography’, one seemingly asymmetrically…

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A brief history of photography (and painting)

Let us conceptualise in our minds two worlds: a big world and a small world. The small world lies engulfed in the big world. The big world is none other than the world we are embedded in at the moment. The small world, which lies buried deep within the big real world, is somewhat spherical…

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Farewell :-)

Stanley Cavell is quoted as saying: “Photography overcame subjectivity in a way undreamed of by painting, one which does not so much defeat the act of painting as escape it altogether: by automatism, by removing the human agent from the act of reproduction” (in SNYDER and ALLEN 1975: 145).  Yes, yet another trite comment about…

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At the end of the tunnel there is only you

We see things from the wrong end. This statement has serious implications for all photography lovers. Imagine a big ship, berthed out at sea. You notice the ship at dusk while looking out from your balcony at home. The lights on the ship are on. There is thick fog in the air. You do not…

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Sustainable Prospects – Week 6

In this blog post, I would like to focus my attention on the work of a photographer I discovered recently and whose work I found highly pertinent to my writings about representation in photography. In her project, ‘Early American’, artist Sharon Core, carefully reproduced in real-life the subject matter contained in certain paintings by American…

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