Photography as Critical Practice (Book)

Notes on Otherness

By David Bate Afterword by Liz Wells

Photography as Critical Practice is a collection that combines visual works with critical essays to explore the concept of otherness and highlight photography as a form of critical practice.

Category: Visual Arts

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The 'other' is a topic of great interest within and across contemporary photographic practice and theory, yet it remains neglected outside the now well-established field of postcolonial studies. This volume brings together photography and written essays that relate to aspects of otherness and visual work. Presented together, the images and critical writings work in concert to construct a new social perspective on questions of otherness and alterity and to highlight photography as a form of critical practice.

In a departure from existing conceptions of otherness in postcolonial discourse, Photography as Critical Practice places emphasis on the human condition not as a liberal concept, but as something formed and framed by a broader dimension of social, sexual and cultural otherness. In this way, the book provides a fascinating new vista on the otherness of photography.

David Bate is an artist and writer known internationally for his work on photography, visual arts history, theory, and culture. He is professor of photography at the University of Westminster in London, UK and coeditor of the international photography theory journal Photographies.

PHOTOGRAPHY/CRITICAL PRACTICE

 

CONTENTS

 

Introduction                                                                           

Critical Practice                                                           

PART 1: SPATIAL STORIES                                              

Perfect Harmony                                     

Discovery (1998)  

Photography as Colonial Vision              

Train up a Child

European Letters               

Strangers  

Baroque Space and Boredom

Politics of Friendship (1998)            

The Digital Age                                                        

Zero Culture (2000)

Interview: Elīna Ruka - Art Without Coincidences                        

PART 2: OTHER SPACES

Places of Memories, Places to Change, Katrin Kivimaa

Zone                       

The Other Side of Seeing

Syntax of a Photowork

Beauty of the Horrid  

Notes on Beauty and Landscape            

De-Realization (2005)

Space of the Other (2006)

Parveen Adams - The Broken Image

Bungled Memories    

AFTERWORD

The Uncanny Observed, Liz Wells

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