Photography as Critical Practice (Book)
Notes on Otherness
A collection that combines visual works with critical essays around the theme of everyday life to explore the concept of otherness and highlight photography as a form of critical practice. Put together in this way, the book images and text work in dialogue with one another to construct a new perspective on questions of otherness and alterity.
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.
Including contributions by Elina Ruka, Katrin Kivimaa, Parveen Adams and Liz Wells, 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 co-editor of the international photography theory journal Photographies.
PART 1: SPATIAL STORIES
Photography as Colonial Vision
Train up a Child
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
The Other Side of Seeing
Syntax of a Photowork
Beauty of the Horrid
Notes on Beauty and Landscape
Space of the Other (2006)
Parveen Adams - The Broken Image
The Uncanny Observed, Liz Wells