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The afterlife of found photographs

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conference contribution
posted on 2014-01-01, 00:00 authored by Patrick Pound
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.

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Event

Art and Mortality : Symposium (2014 : Canberra, A. C. T.)

Pagination

7 - 7

Publisher

Australian National University

Location

Canberra, A. C. T.

Place of publication

Canberra, A. C. T.

Start date

2014-09-19

End date

2014-12-20

Language

eng

Notes

Life/Death: a photographic exhibition of existence and mortality

Publication classification

E2.1 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed

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2014, Australian National University

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Conference paper

Title of proceedings

Proceedings of the Australian National University & National Gallery of Australia 2014 : Art and Mortality Symposium

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