A photograph is an easy artwork—when it is an artwork.
Looking at some of the iconic images that we recognize as such (we don’t seem to have a definition of iconic images) one might want to think that for a…Read more
It is an instructive exercise to compare so-called iconic images (as in: photographs) to paintings that have become an icon. A clear example of the latter would be Picasso’s Guernica,…Read more
Claude Lanzmann argued (a.o.) that the Shoah cannot be represented (photographically, I would want to add). He states this clearly in explaining what he would do had he found documentary…Read more
In “Jongleren met de werkelijkheid” stelt Hans den Hartog Jager een interessant fenomeen aan de orde. Hij noemt het een taboe, en misschien is het dat ook wel. Het gaat…Read more
A natural sense of melancholia overcomes one easily when watching historical documentary footage. The people one watches are all but dead and gone. Their lives, however miserable or joyful, held…Read more
Photographs used to be proof of the reality of their subject: what was on them proved to have existed. [Roland Barthes wrote an interesting booklet about this]. This evidential capacity…Read more
1. All sorts of them. Let me sum up some types of discrepancies between originals and their copies. Some of these should tell us something about our concepts of ‘art’,…Read more