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Is this photograph taken? - The active (act of) collaboration with photography.

Rutherford, , 2019. Is this photograph taken? - The active (act of) collaboration with photography. Journal of Visual Art Practice, 18 (1), 37-63.

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DOI: 10.1080/14702029.2018.1488927


Over more than thirty years of commercial and fine art photographic practice, I have often noticed remarkable disparities between the scenes, objects, events or moments ‘out there’ I had attempted to record – and the images within the resulting photographs. These (sometimes subtle, sometimes profound, but rarely anticipatable) disparities between what I had seen and what the photograph shows me offer the tantalising suggestion that there may be something else going on here – but something which the popular conception of photography may hinder our ability to recognise. This article explores the implications of four central assumptions implicit within the popular conception of photography which may impede new ways of thinking about photographic practice. Supported by a number of photographs that depict scenes, events and ‘moments’ which were not ‘taken’ but were created by the act of photographing them, I will suggest that new opportunities for practice may be available by ‘re-imagining’ the practice of photography as an active – or, as an act of – collaboration between medium and practitioner.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Collaboration, the popular conception of photography, the subject of the photograph, bino-chrono consciousness
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:30719
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:17 May 2018 15:46
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:10


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