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The afterlife of found photographs

Pound, Patrick 2014, The afterlife of found photographs, in Proceedings of the Australian National University & National Gallery of Australia 2014 : Art and Mortality Symposium, Australian National University, Canberra, A. C. T., pp. 7-7.

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Title The afterlife of found photographs
Author(s) Pound, Patrick
Conference name Art and Mortality : Symposium (2014 : Canberra, A. C. T.)
Conference location Canberra, A. C. T.
Conference dates 19 Sept. 2014 - 20 Dec. 2014
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the Australian National University & National Gallery of Australia 2014 : Art and Mortality Symposium
Publication date 2014
Start page 7
End page 7
Total pages 1
Publisher Australian National University
Place of publication Canberra, A. C. T.
Keyword(s) Afterlife
Found Photographs
Pound
Vernacular Photography
Summary The world is scattered with unhinged vernacular snaps. EBay is a giant and ever-changing album of examples for sale. Each of these photos is past its original use. Found photographs are at once replete with life and hearsed in death. Adding to this, the analogue vernacular snap is itself a type of photography that is essentially past its use-‐by date. If photography is the medium of record, what are we to make of these recently redundant records? Do they capture Benjamin’s idea of the dialectic at a standstill or just mum in her pyjamas? They concertina time and make trouble for it — and us. This paper will look at what might be made of found photographs: what meanings might be gleaned from them, and what we might find in the accumulation of details. We will closely look at examples that press the limits of photographic representation as if on a dare.
Notes Life/Death: a photographic exhibition of existence and mortality
Language eng
Field of Research 190103 Art Theory
190102 Art History
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category E2.1 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
Copyright notice ©2014, Australian National University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30073052

Document type: Conference Paper
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