Tag Archives: Susan Sontag

Postmodernism

Introduction The course guide asks how Sophie Calle’s Take Care of Yourself and Sophy Rickett’s Objects in the Field reflect post modern approaches to narrative. To answer this question it is first necessary to gain some understanding of postmodernism. A Complex … Continue reading

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Conflict. Time. Photography. Tate Modern: November 14 to March 15

Simon Baker, in his essay Armageddon in Retrospect (1),  says that Conflict. Time. Photography “takes as its starting point the necessity and value of the time taken to consider the past.” Time, and our reaction to time, is at the heart of this exhibition. … Continue reading

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Late Photography

Foreword This essay is about how war photography has lost its place as the primary source of visual news images taken in conflicts and how this has contributed to a rise in late photography. In arguing that the war photographer in … Continue reading

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Insiders / Outsiders and Documentary Photography

The Abigail Solomon-Godeau Essay Inside/Outside Solomon-Godeau in Inside/Outside ( i ) puts forward the argument that  that Susan Sontag and Martha Rosler ( ii ) are being simplistic when they categorise photographers into “good” insiders or “bad” outsiders, labelling outsiders as voyeurs and insiders … Continue reading

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Exercise 1 (b) – Objectivity in Documentary Photography

Definitions The Oxford Dictionary defines objectivity as existing independently of perception which, in the context of photography, could be interpreted as an object, or the subject matter, must exist independently of the subject’s perception of it. In Photography (1) Stephen Bull offers … Continue reading

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Exercise 1 (a) – Looking for Objectivity in a Single Photograph

Kevin Carter and the Pulitzer Prize Photo of a Sudanese Child Famous documentary and news photographs are there to see in books, exhibitions, or in various places on-line but their context is primarily post production, how they were and are … Continue reading

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