We are here but where are you?

Henning, Michelle ORCID: 0000-0003-3798-7227 (2017) We are here but where are you? In: Urban Encounters 2017: Cartographies, 10-11 Nov 2017, London, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper addresses contemporary theoretical arguments about how the digital image is not principally visual, is beyond representation, and how this constitutes a significant break between chemical and digital photography. Henning uses 1930s American urban documentary photographs, particularly by John Gutmann and Helen Levitt, to rethink the assumptions about analogue, chemical photography implicit in such theories. The street is a place where these photographers found the traces of activities and encounters that are not always explicit or observable, but happening off-scene, inside buildings and basements, or at night. Photographs by Gutmann and Levitt challenge the idea that pre-digital photography was concerned with visual truth, or was a static and direct record or representation of events, people and places. They also allow us to engage in new ways with the differences and connections between contemporary mobile photography and older documentary and street photography practices.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Urban Encounters is part of the five day UrbanPhotoFest programme. www.urbanphotofest.org Organised by Tate in partnership with the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths; Falmouth University; Kingston University; Openvizor and University of West London. Held in Clore Auditorium, Tate Britain
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital image, photography, documentary, visual culture, realism
Subjects: Media > Media history and theory
Media > Photography
Arts
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Depositing User: Michelle Henning
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2017 13:17
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2018 16:41
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/4204

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