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Myth, Montage & Magic Realism: Rethinking the Photograph as a Discursive Document

Devlin, Liam (2017) Myth, Montage & Magic Realism: Rethinking the Photograph as a Discursive Document. In: 54th Society for Photographic Education (SPE) Annual Conference 2017, 9-12 March 2017, Orlando, Florida. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

A keynote Speech at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Society for Photographic Education, Orlando Florida.

Using Jacques Rancière’s theoretical development of an a priori logic of an equality of intelligence (2009), I will examine how an assumed equality of intelligence, applied across all the various forms of photography can provide a more productive framework to consider how images are used and reused. It will be argued that by assuming this a priori logic, we can move the debate beyond questions that are concerned with the originality of an image or its status as document and allows for a reconsideration of its use as a catalyst for debate. What is called for is a photographic discourse that reformulates the role of documentary photography as a means to engage with the reader’s imagination as an explicit challenge to perception. This new discourse re-frames the photograph as a vehicle for debate, as a discursive document.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
T Technology > TR Photography
Schools: School of Art, Design and Architecture
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Depositing User: Liam Devlin
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2017 09:30
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2017 09:35
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/33475

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