Perception: the Analogue, the Digital and the Eye

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I am re-visiting a brief conversation that I had last module with Stella Baraklianou, driven by a certain deja-vu in a couple of books I am reading, as part of this module. This post revolves around the distinction between the analogue and the digital in photography, and how that impacts our view of the medium as indexical and representational. Rubinstein …

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 …