Tuesday, August 16, 2011

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#18 via lesphotographes.com

Words and Photos:

Geoffrey Batchen’s Writing About Vernacular Photography

Inteview excerpt: I suggest in my writing that any substantial inclusion of vernacular photographs into a general history of photography will require a total transformation of the character of that history; it will require a new kind of history altogether....
This history, dominated by the values and tropes of art history, was not well equipped to talk about photographs that were overtly commercial, hybrid and banal. In other words, the history of photography left out most types of photograph. So my interest became a more methodological and theoretical one, in an effort to forge a new way of thinking about photography that could address the medium in its entirety.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Ephemeral Camera

#16 Some Party via Unexpected Tales
from a Flickr set titled Peculiar Snapshots

Saturday, March 26, 2011

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#15 via What You See
a book of snapshots from the collection of Luciano Rigolini
published by Lars Muller

Rigolini is interested above all in snapshots in which, consciously or unconsciously, form and structure move into the foreground, so that the specific pictorial content becomes secondary. In his cleverly arranged sequences, the photographs can no longer be read merely as reproductions of reality. They turn out to be artifacts that construct reality.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

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from the past exhibit "America and the Tintype"
of which there is a fine book available (on sale)...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ephemeral Camera

#13 via A Sound Awareness

from the book "The Haunted Air" - a collection of anonymous photographs from Ossian Brown and published by Jonathan Cape. As far as I know, only available from the U.K. - Thematic books of vintage vernacular photographs are rarely this well done and the breadth of strangeness contained in this extraordinary collection of costumed Halloween spirits displays the tradition wonderfully.