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Week 10 Visual Semiotics & Photography

The Judgement Seat of Photography

Since 1970s the art practices have been developing significantly in a new centrality of critical ideas to the visual arts, also called as a ‘return to the figurative’. This ‘return’ raised questions among the curators and critics toward new art as a regeneration of interest in the representational. In this period, photography contributed to the conceptual ideas and regeneration of art practices. Central to these development was focused on construction, the forging, staging or fabrication of images.

One of the functions of photography is to explore and comment upon individual and social worlds of experience. It covers most of the aspects of human life and surrounding. It was influenced by cultural and historical background. As well as the existence of women’s photography caused by revolution. In this case photography was a question of identity. Another genre of photography is landscape photography, has largely inherited the compositional conventions of landscape photography. Therefore, photography is also known as replicate of reality.

In his writing the Judgement Seat of Photography, Christopher Phillips states how the photography has changed in the perspective of art’s institutional guardian, the museum. Photography has no longer art although it keeps the aesthetic aspects. Photographs have no aura as art works should have. The essence of originality as ‘one’ and ‘the only one’ has dismissed from these photographs. It points out the problematic of this intervention: Reconsider presents a collection of photographs within a museum never intended to be understood as art—never intended to be seen through the museum’s frame.

The museum practice of framing photograph, placing it in glass and hanging it on the wall in purpose to escalate the sense of the object of ‘art’. With this treatment, viewing photographic image just like viewing a painting in an aesthetically pleasing mode. In conclusion, photography is not art and photograph is not an object of art because it has no aura – a distinctive atmosphere surrounding a given source. However it still treated like an art in museum for the aesthetic aspect.

References:

Photography A Critical Introduction. Retrieved from: https://fadmusbi.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/photography-a-critical-intro-0004.pdf

Photography A Critical Introduction. Retrieved from: https://fadmusbi.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/photography-a-critical-intro-0004.pdf

 Christopher Phillips. The Judgement Seat of Photography. Retrieved from: https://href.li/?http://www.jstor.org/stable/778362

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