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Photography as an act of collaboration.

Rutherford, , 2015. Photography as an act of collaboration. Journal of Media Practice, 16 (1).

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DOI: 10.1080/14682753.2014.1000043


The camera is usually considered to be a passive tool under the control of the operator. This definition implicitly constrains how we use the medium, as well as how we look at – and what we see in – its interpretations of scenes, objects, events and ‘moments’. This text will suggest another way of thinking about – and using – the photographic medium. Based on the evidence of photographic practice (mine and others’), I will suggest that, as a result of the ways in which the medium interprets, juxtaposes and renders the elements in front of the lens, the camera is capable of depicting scenes, events and moments that did not exist and could not have existed until brought into being by the act of photographing them. Accordingly, I will propose that the affective power of many photographs is inseparable from their ‘photographicness’ – and that the photographic medium should therefore be considered as an active collaborator in the creation of uniquely photographic images.

Item Type:Article
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:21738
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:02 Mar 2015 12:07
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:50


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