Virtually Invisible - Photography and the Image in the Demotic Space

Hillman, John (2014) Virtually Invisible - Photography and the Image in the Demotic Space. The International Journal of the Image, 04. pp. 57-61. ISSN 2154-8560

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The image is described by Flusser as being a significant surface. He suggests that it is the process of looking over such a surface that reveals in the image its significance. Through an exploration of practice and the photograph, it is proposed that the digital image is less of a fixed surface and more of a demotic space, into which the construction of personal narratives occurs. The digital image, disconnected from surface and its indexical subject, is argued to be a
virtual representation of a relationship between memory, thought, and significance. As Victor Burgin noted, photography contributes to hegemonic common sense and to the process of the general public exchanging meanings. Therefore, this modified understanding of the image, space, and surface may usher in a sense in which photography can be described as an actant.

Item Type: Article
ISSN: 2154-8560
Subjects: Arts > Photography
Courses by Department: The Institute of Photography > Photography
Depositing User: John Hillman
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2015 08:49
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 16:06


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