Photographic Documents of Constructed Environments 

The inextricable relationship we have to space and place has always been a port of serious interest for photographers; it is a very natural thing to want to use the camera in an attempt to make sense of that which surrounds us.  Interpreting this differently, some artists go about creating sets and presenting them to us as real, and others appropriate real places and presents them to us as a Utopia – something fictitious - found somewhere between the stage and the story in what Joanna Lowry addresses as the “Theatre of Modernity”, courting the real by (re)creating places from our lives, from our memories and from our dreams.   

@3 years ago
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Katja Mater

far away it looks like a photograph of us as planets, perhaps even moons, Of course, it is not.

The work of Katja Mater (b. 1979) originates from a meta perspective, dealing with the possibilities and impossibilities of Photography. Rather than documenting frozen moments in time, she turns the medium in on itself, aiming to show its  intangible character. She makes visible the areas in which the technique does not behave like human perception, to offer a better view on photography as a creating rather than a documenting medium.”

- sourced from Mater’s website.

A conceptually beautiful ongoing project from artist Mater that makes us consider the very nature of the medium of photography - it’s reproductive quality, it’s status as a tool for representation and of course it’s limitations.  

@3 years ago
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Sarah Pickering

Public Order

@3 years ago
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Daniel J. Boorstin

Pseudo-Event

Historian and theorist Daniel J.Boorstin coined the phrase “Pseudo-event” in his 1962 publication “The Image: A guide to Pseudo-events in America”.  A Pseudo-event is essentially an event that exists solely for the purpose of being documented and viewed only through this documentation.

@3 years ago
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Theatres of the Real
Joanna Lowry, David Green, Jan Baetens
‘Theatres of the Real’ is an incredibly beautiful book I was given as a gift recently, published with major publishing house Photoworks.  This book offers a compelling re-evaluation of the Documentary photograph, and as it’s blurb suggests, straddles ”the boundaries between fact and fiction, these images create a hallucinatory vision of contemporary Britain”, with each of the three authors writing an essay to convey their own ideas.  
Jan Baetens offers an interesting interpretation of Bill Nichol’s theory of the ‘pre-enactment’, which she quotes is ‘the more or less authentic (re)construction of events that are yet to happen’, and Joanna Lowry proposing that we are entering a new realm - that of the ‘post-document’, definitely gives us a lot to think about.  It is a fascinating read for those interested in the paradoxical balance between truth and fiction, and the way our notions of the ‘documentary’ and the ‘staged’ are deconstructing and forming a new generation of photographic artists altogether.  
Photoworks publications are always so simply and beautifully put together, and this is definitely not one to be missed - generous bodies of work of each of the eight artists (which include, in my opinion, some of the most important contemporary artists working in this field) are included.  
The artists included are: Sarah Dobai, Annabel Elgar, Tom Hunter, Sarah Pickering, Nigel Shafran, Clare Strand, Mitra Tabrizian and Danny Treacy.

Theatres of the Real

Joanna Lowry, David Green, Jan Baetens

Theatres of the Real’ is an incredibly beautiful book I was given as a gift recently, published with major publishing house Photoworks.  This book offers a compelling re-evaluation of the Documentary photograph, and as it’s blurb suggests, straddles ”the boundaries between fact and fiction, these images create a hallucinatory vision of contemporary Britain”, with each of the three authors writing an essay to convey their own ideas.  

Jan Baetens offers an interesting interpretation of Bill Nichol’s theory of the ‘pre-enactment’, which she quotes is ‘the more or less authentic (re)construction of events that are yet to happen’, and Joanna Lowry proposing that we are entering a new realm - that of the ‘post-document’, definitely gives us a lot to think about.  It is a fascinating read for those interested in the paradoxical balance between truth and fiction, and the way our notions of the ‘documentary’ and the ‘staged’ are deconstructing and forming a new generation of photographic artists altogether.  

Photoworks publications are always so simply and beautifully put together, and this is definitely not one to be missed - generous bodies of work of each of the eight artists (which include, in my opinion, some of the most important contemporary artists working in this field) are included.  

The artists included are: Sarah Dobai, Annabel Elgar, Tom Hunter, Sarah Pickering, Nigel Shafran, Clare Strand, Mitra Tabrizian and Danny Treacy.

@3 years ago with 1 note
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Photographic Documents of Constructed Environments 

The inextricable relationship we have to space and place has always been a port of serious interest for photographers; it is a very natural thing to want to use the camera in an attempt to make sense of that which surrounds us.  Interpreting this differently, some artists go about creating sets and presenting them to us as real, and others appropriate real places and presents them to us as a Utopia – something fictitious - found somewhere between the stage and the story in what Joanna Lowry addresses as the “Theatre of Modernity”, courting the real by (re)creating places from our lives, from our memories and from our dreams.   

3 years ago
#photography #photography theory #theatre #document 

Daniel J. Boorstin

Pseudo-Event

Historian and theorist Daniel J.Boorstin coined the phrase “Pseudo-event” in his 1962 publication “The Image: A guide to Pseudo-events in America”.  A Pseudo-event is essentially an event that exists solely for the purpose of being documented and viewed only through this documentation.

3 years ago
#photography #photography theory #art #art theory #pseudo-event #document #theory #society #media 
3 years ago
#moon #lunar #photography #photography theory #art #art theory #perspective #perception #book #document #time #medium 
 
Theatres of the Real
Joanna Lowry, David Green, Jan Baetens
‘Theatres of the Real’ is an incredibly beautiful book I was given as a gift recently, published with major publishing house Photoworks.  This book offers a compelling re-evaluation of the Documentary photograph, and as it’s blurb suggests, straddles ”the boundaries between fact and fiction, these images create a hallucinatory vision of contemporary Britain”, with each of the three authors writing an essay to convey their own ideas.  
Jan Baetens offers an interesting interpretation of Bill Nichol’s theory of the ‘pre-enactment’, which she quotes is ‘the more or less authentic (re)construction of events that are yet to happen’, and Joanna Lowry proposing that we are entering a new realm - that of the ‘post-document’, definitely gives us a lot to think about.  It is a fascinating read for those interested in the paradoxical balance between truth and fiction, and the way our notions of the ‘documentary’ and the ‘staged’ are deconstructing and forming a new generation of photographic artists altogether.  
Photoworks publications are always so simply and beautifully put together, and this is definitely not one to be missed - generous bodies of work of each of the eight artists (which include, in my opinion, some of the most important contemporary artists working in this field) are included.  
The artists included are: Sarah Dobai, Annabel Elgar, Tom Hunter, Sarah Pickering, Nigel Shafran, Clare Strand, Mitra Tabrizian and Danny Treacy.
3 years ago
#art #art theory #photography #photography theory #book #publication #theatre #real #reality #document #documentary #truth #fiction #narrative #contemporary #photoworks 
3 years ago
#art #art theory #photography #photography theory #constructed #sets #set building #truth #fiction #real #reality #documentary #document #society #police