Photographs with Text

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In my teens, I started painting and writing. Pop Art, Op Art, and the beginnings of Conceptual Art were everywhere. Psychedelia either added or confused things, depending on how one addressed that series of artistic and personal choices. Because of the artistic pre-occupation with ‘media’, it was inevitable that images and words mixed into interesting yet homogenous ways. Consider this …

Roland Barthes – Camera Lucida – An ultimately depressing book

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Camera Lucida, by Roland Barthes, is an odd book. It has become a classic text on the subject – yet Barthes was not a photographer, and had little time for colour images or ‘clever theories’ from the photographer’s perspective (such as Cartier-Bresson’s ‘Decisive Moment’). In fact his work contains a surprising paucity of reference to other research. Barthes notes that an …