A Question of Authenticity

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In Camera Lucida, Roland Barthes states that ‘From a phenomenological viewpoint, in the photograph, the power of authentication exceeds the power of representation‘. (Camera Lucida: pg 89) In my first review of Camera Lucida, I found the work depressing. Whilst there are important points of great merit (punctum, studium), ultimately I found it an overly-personal and complex exploration of death, especially as …

Qs week 2 – 3rd presentation – “Fields of Cultural Interest”

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Q: Which of the disciplines discussed here do you feel is most relevant to Sam Shere’s famous photograph? In the ‘fields of cultural interest’ (Roland Barthes), many apply to Shere’s image. It was an embarrassment to the pride of Nazi Germany (politics). It was a significant moment in the history of air travel (history). It impacted air traveller views of …