TFTW #4: Barthes on subversive photography


TFTW…thought for the week…some quotes to inspire… Photography is subversive not when it frightens, repels, or even stigmatizes, but when it is pensive, when it thinks. Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography, trans. By Richard Howard (New York: Hill and Wang, 1981), p. 38. Thumbnail photo: Bill Gracey/Flickr.

September 11, 2001: Imaging the real, struggling for meaning


  As the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001 approaches images of the event are being recycled and recirculated. Many of them are familiar, and the meaning of the event now seems fixed. But anniversaries are part of the process of fixing memory, and as they are repeated they can obscure the uncertainty that prevailed at … Continued