Posts Tagged ‘Roland Barthes’

January 2, 2012 · by David Campbell · Thought for the Week

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 8, 2011 · by David Campbell · photography, politics

  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…

May 13, 2011 · by David Campbell · photography, politics

What would a critical photographic response to the war in Afghanistan involve? The is no single answer to that question, but having both contributed to and learnt from a workshop on the Burke + Norfolk show at the Tate Gallery in London this past week, it is one we have to pursue. To begin to…