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Beyond Intimacy: The Radical Conventions of Family Photography

Pasternak, Gil (2012) Beyond Intimacy: The Radical Conventions of Family Photography. In: Beyond Intimacy: The Radical Conventions of Family Photography, 3 October 2012, The Musée Nicephore Niepce, Chalon sur Saône, France.

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Drawing upon my talk at the Photographers’ Gallery - “… And I will Live Forever” – this talk expanded my investigation into the practice of family photography and its interrelationship with politics and the social domain. I questioned the political agency family photographs may contain within and beyond the narratives of family life and the domestic sphere. I looked into the visual formation and manifestation of cultural and social difference within the domestic environment, and the role family photographs play in the creation of knowledge, familiarity with the Other, and the enhancement of one’s social status. Addressing some visual examples taken from popular culture as well as from less conventional sources, the talk engaged with the fragmentary histories of family photographs, and aimed to challenge the commonly naive perception of this vernacular genre. A close attention was paid to advertising campaigns for point-and-shoot cameras, and the modes of photographic production they tend to propagate. By exposing family photographs as inherently connected to state and social politics, I expanded the current understanding of family photography and layed the groundwork for further studies of its potentially radical and subversive properties.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Public Lecture)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
T Technology > TR Photography
Schools: School of Art, Design and Architecture
Depositing User: Catriona Mcara
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2012 10:14
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 11:23


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