The Photographic Activity of Post-modernism – Douglas Crimp. 5 January I was relieved to find that this essay was not about. The Photographic Activity of Postmodernism . attribute to the kind of photographic activity I call postmodernist. .. Douglas Crimp, “Pictures,” October, no. Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of JSTOR’s Terms and Conditions of Use, available at.

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This third photograph below is a much closer example of postmodernist appropriation. The resulting photographs of the performance were so remote from the experience of watching that performance.

It is only in theabsence of theoriginal thatrepresentation may takeplace. This site uses cookies. Feedback Assignment 2 — uvcsjf. The strategyof this mode is to use the apparent veracityof photography against itself,creatingone’s fictionsthroughthe appearance of a seamlessreality into which has been woven a narrativedimension.

His example was the gum bichromateprocess used in photogeaphic photography. And thatis perhaps why it seemed to him so misguided thatphotographersbegan, afterthe commercializationof the medium,to simulate thelostaura throughtheapplication of techniquesimitative of those of painting.

Brief of notes on The Photographic Activity of Postmodernism – UVCSJF

The a priori Weston had in mindwas not reallyin his mind at all; itwas in theworld,and Westononlycopied it. Ratherit is thepresenceof thesubject,ofwhat is photographed,”the tiny spark of chance, of thehereand now, with which realityhas, as itwere,searedthe characterof the picture. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: A strange quote from Sherrie Levine which I did not quite understand other than when confronted by something unacceptable, she was able to compartmentalise it.


This site uses cookies. And is it only the Americans who put their art in a museum? In their work the original cannot be located, is always differed: Accordingto thecopyrightlaw, theimages belong to Postmovernism now to the Westonestate.

Thoughts on Douglas Crimp’s essay The Photographic Activity of Postmodernism

This first photograph below is based of my Project: This factis perhaps even more crucial in those seriesby Levine where that a priori image is not so obviously confiscatedfromhigh culture-by which I intendboth Westonand Praxiteles-but fromtheworld itself,wherenatureposes as the antithesisof representation. I love to imagine what it must have been like to see photographs for the first time — the magic those early examples must have looked like, i.

And ifwe thinkof Laurie Andersonin thisway,it mayseema bit odd, because Laurie Anderson’sparticularpresenceis effected throughtheuse of reproductivetechnologieswhich reallymake herquite absent,or only thereas the kind of presencethatHenryJamesmeantwhen he said, “The presencebeforehim was a presence.

This is apparent in photography says Crimp. The presencethatsuch photographshave forus is thepresenceof deji vu, nature as alreadyhaving been seen, nature as representation.

The commodity becomes a clue but the aura is now a function of absence — the ghostly presence. A group of young artistsworking with photographyhave addressedphotography’sclaims to originality,showing those claims forthefictiontheyare,showingphotographyto be alwaysa representation, always-already-seen.

Levity aside, I thought the best way to make notes on these essays would be to transcribe the scribble from my notebook more or less as it appears.

The Photographic Activity of Post-modernism – Douglas Crimp – OCA Photography 3 “Body of Work”

Email required Address never made public. In orderto do so, I want to add a thirddefinitionto theword presence. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log poshmodernism I will also store these notes in my research folder. Examining relationships between the arts and their critical and social contexts, October addresses a broad range of readers.



Originality does not exist or so claims the photographic activity of post-modernism. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: This is a body of work I might consider as part of the B.

Instinctivelyand without effort,I dividedmyself,so to speak,into twopersons,ofwhom one, thereal,the genuine one, continued on her own account, while the other, a successfulimitationof thefirst,was delegatedto have relationswith the world.

But I do so herein orderto point out thattherecuperationof theaura forphotographywould in fact subsume under the banner of subjectivityall of photography,the photography whose source is thehuman mind and thephotographywhose source is theworld around us, the most thoroughlymanipulatedphotographicfictionsand themost faithfultranscriptions of thereal, thedirectorialand thedocumentary,themirrors and the windows, Camera Work in its infancy,Life in its heyday.

It has, we mightsay,acquired an aura, only now it is a functionnot ofpresencebut ofabsence,severedfroman origin,froman originator,fromauthenticity.

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