Daido Moriyama – Farewell Photography

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The Japanese photography of the Provoke era has always held fascination for me, as I love the directness and spontaneity. And Daido Moriyama is  a prolific artist with much to say, either through his earlier work or his current activities. The Tate offers a summary of Provoke, although I find it rather more descriptive than analytic. Following the decimation and …

Adorno and Aesthetics

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I have been reading Theodor Adorno of late, and in particular Brian O’Connor’s excellent introduction to his work. Here are a few of the many notes that I have taken on O’Connor’s book and others. I am particularily taken with his approach to ‘mimesis’. ‘Mimesis … is not another name for the subject-object relationship. It is the pre-conceptual human desire to …