TFTW #8: Sekula on photographic meaning

February 27, 2012 · by David Campbell · Thought for the Week

TFTW…thought for the week…some quotes to inspire…

The photograph, as it stands alone, presents merely the possibility of meaning. Only by its embeddedness in a concrete discourse situation can the photograph yield a clear semantic outcome.

Alan Sekula, “On the Invention of Photographic Meaning,” in Thinking Photography, edited by Victor Burgin (London: Macmillan, 1982), p. 91.

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