WEEK 4 : MARY PRICE, THE PHOTOGRAPH, A STRANGE CONFINED SPACE 14.02.20
Straight, away I really like this book, the words do not appear convoluted , but accessible, which is always a bonus when reading. Strange that all these critical writes who discussed meaning and form so much, failed to see so much about their own work, or perhaps didn’t care. They talk about inaccessibility, and class divide of museums and galleries , without any concern for the class divide evident & perpetuated within their own art.
“Two major emphases.” “first” “language of description is deeply implicated in how a viewer looks at photographs.” “second” “that the use of a photograph determines it’s meaning.”
“Susan sontag’s” “On photography” “As Wittgenstein argued for words, that the meaning is the use–so for each photograph.”1 If use determines the meaning of photographs, as I believe it does, no single meaning is absolute.” (PRICE. 1994. PAGE 1)
“It will be my contention that photographs without appropriate descriptive words are deprived and weakened, but that descriptions of even invented photographs may adumbrate a richness of use that can extend possibilities of interpreting actual photographs.” (PRICE. 1994. PG 2)
“The camera may be thought of as comparable to the eye. The difference is that the camera is not more than an eye. It does not think.” (PRICE. 1994. PG3/4)
Ok , it turns out that easier to read, doesn’t make better after all. I reached page 13 and was thoroughly bored. Never have I had to read so many examples to illustrate ideas. It seems to me that these writers could illustrate their ideas so much more succinctly and it would make it so much easier to both understand and retain interest.
Price, Mare. 1994. The photograph, A strange confined place. Stanford (Calif.): Stanford University Press.