Project 1 – Photography: art or science?

Notes from course text following reading of Dent's "Dealing with the Flood" Photography as art is fraught subject: it's hard to know how to put a price on an image that can so easily/cheaply be duplicated without any compromise/change to quality or process, or even slight changes in the way the image looks. There's also… Continue reading Project 1 – Photography: art or science?

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Project 1 – Photography: art or science?

Notes re: Gareth Dent’s article "Dealing with the flood..." [accessed 28/11/17] Dent acknowledges, but doesn't move very deeply into, the questions raised by the "problem" or "question" or "issue" of too many images, or what I have called the "new banality of photography". In particular, he notes how other artists (notably, photographers) are responding to… Continue reading Project 1 – Photography: art or science?

Project 1 – Photography: art or science?

Research point: John A. Walker's "Context as Determinant of Photographic Meaning" [accessed 21/11/17] Notes:  Walker brings to light the range of contexts in which a same photo might be encountered, and how the context--rather than the content, necessarily--informs our interpretation/understanding of the photo. Points out that most critical analyses of photos focus on what's inside… Continue reading Project 1 – Photography: art or science?

Project 1 – Photography: art or science?

Exercise 1 - What makes photography unique? How do we situate photographs in time? New York Museum of Modern Art Curator John Szarkowski said in his 1966 book The Photographer's Eye that some of what made photography (as an art form) unique included: the photo itself, as (presumably tangible) object the detail (presumably, the fact… Continue reading Project 1 – Photography: art or science?

Project 1 – Photography: art or science?

Research Point: Notes from Talbot's introduction to "The Pencil of Nature" The notion of Nature's pencil is interesting, as it does seem to "remove" the human hand from the rendering of images (even though humans had to do a lot of thinking and experimenting in order to "invent" the "new art" Introduces the "first" publicly-available… Continue reading Project 1 – Photography: art or science?