Philosophy and Post-Industrial Opium Dens – Vilém Flusser

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I love this quote, for all sorts of reasons. ‘Amateur photographers’ clubs are places where one gets high on the structural complexities of cameras, where one goes on a photograph-trip – post-industrial Opium Dens’. (pg. 58). Firstly, I am not personally a fan of the kind of nit-picking attention to technical detail in photographs that can become symptomatic in competitions …

Appropriation

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Top: Susan Meiselas (1979) The Molotov Man; Bottom: Joy Garnett (2003) Molotov from the series Riot The brief: Joy Garnett is known for her paintings inspired by accessible digital images. Following an exhibition of her work in 2004, Garnett received a cease and desist letter citing infringement of copyright, from a lawyer representing Susan Meiselas. After a debate, which became …