Ethics of Documentary – Side Gallery

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The Amber Collective / Side Gallery has been running a short Zoom series on ethics, and I thought yesterday’s session was particularly good, especially with the contributions of Mark Sealy. Here are a few notes. Introductory comments: Mark Sealy. Decolonisation means opening the door to new epistemes, and breaking photography free of its ‘white Eurocentric’ past. Carol McKay. We must …

Mark Sealy – Decolonising the Camera: Photography in Racial Time

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Notes from Sealy’s book: ‘Throughout this text I suggest that a photograph of a racialised subject must be both located in and then de-located from the racial and political time of its making and not solely articulated by its descriptive (journalistic) or aesthetic (artistic) concerns. I maintain that it is only within the political and cultural location of a photograph …