Week Thirteen Reflections – a photograph is ‘and’ not ‘or’

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I want to pull a particular point out of some of my research on ‘atrocity’ images. That is, that a photograph always have a multiplicity of interpretations – and a multiplicity of ways of being created. Photographic history is littered with attempts to make it a perfect representation of reality (William Henry Fox-Talbot), art (Edward Steichen), objective truth (Walker Evans) …

Auschwitz & Memory

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Over the past 18 months, I have spent a good deal of time researching atrocity and the ethics of images of such. In this I have become increasingly mindful of the power of the sublime, and in particular Kant’s interpretation of beauty and sublime. In an earlier post, I noted that Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) in the Critique of Judgment (Part I, Critique …