“The Photograph as Contemporary Art” Ch2 & Ch3.

Chapter 2.

This chapter looks a story telling. This is not through a narrative series but through single images. They are images with potential. This relates to traditions of tableau. They are images with clues, directions and hints. Captions can also work with these elements. Adding layers. Expectations are reduced or expanded within the image which leaves the viewer with questions from which viewers creat narratives. Mystery leads to questions which in turn leads to answers even if they are the viewers own. Dislocations and hidden things…..we fill in the spaces. These images can relate to and reference other narratives, historical, folk, fairy tales, history to apply layers of meaning and comment.  There is a creation of tension. Which also creates a narrative. Rich lush prints that can carry the viewer into the image. Seducing people into perhaps disturbing images or ideas. Using the viewers expectations and then under cutting them.

Chapter 3.

Another approach. The artist creates an image of neutrality. It suggests to the viewer that this is an observation not a comment. That this is evidence rather than a plea or a statement. They say “this is how it is”. Of course  the very fact the picture was taken makes it something “special”. But this idea the picture was taken by somebody is extracted. There is a hands off element. “Polemic narratives are raised for the viewer but it appears information is being given impartially”. Photographs that belong to this sphere are large and full of detail. They suit the gallery and makes good use of new technology. Faces/people/landscapes/environments. Typologies collected. Simple neutral stances and camera angles. Neutrality raises questions we seek to answer, by confounding our expectations of people and landscapes we examine these expectations. The hidden rules.?

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