Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Art of Memory - 3

Photography and Remembrance: Family Snaps
Readings are:
Berger, J. "Stories", in ed. McQuillan, M. The Narrative Reader, London/NewYork: Routledge, 2000.

Hirsch, M. "Unconcious Optics", Family Frames: Photography, Narrative and Postmemory, Cambridge, Mass. London: Harvard University press, 1997.

Mitchell, J. "Screen Memory" extract from "Memory and Psychoanalysis" in Fara and peterson (eds.), Memory, Cambridge: Cambridge University press, 1998. 

Questions and Comments

In combination, the three readings have made me aware of how a single photograph, that I once thought of as more truthful and accurate than a memory, adds it's own slant or version of events to be reinterpreted time and time again on each viewing. With no before or after the photograph can successfully deceive/mislead whilst being held up as evidence or truth.

"More about family romances than about actual details p. 119 "unconcious optics". 

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