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The Photographic Activity of Post-modernism – Douglas Crimp. 5 January I was relieved to find that this essay was not about. The Photographic Activity of Postmodernism . attribute to the kind of photographic activity I call postmodernist. .. Douglas Crimp, “Pictures,” October, no. Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of JSTOR’s Terms and Conditions of Use, available at.

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Crimp states that mechanical reproduction led to a crisis in museums galleries around when they stopped showing contemporary work and looked backwards. When Crimp writes about the pluralism of originals and the ativity or dispersal of copies, is this an acknowledgement of the value of mechanical reproduction? Photography is always a representation. By some means or other which is not clear to me Crimp defines the presence third time as a quality by example that is expressed by an individual, quoting Laurie Anderson as an example I think he failed, I did not understand.

The Photographic Activity of Post-modernism – Douglas Crimp

It is only in theabsence of theoriginal thatrepresentation may takeplace. From themultiplicationofsilkscreenedphotographicimagesin theworks of Rauschenbergand Warhol to theindustriallymanufactured,repeti- tivelystructuredworks of the minimal sculptors,everythingin radical artistic practiceseemed to conspire in thatliquidation of traditionalculturalvalues that 3.

I realize of course thatin raising thequestion of subjectivityI am reviving thecentraldebatein photography’saesthetichistory,thatbetweenthestraightand themanipulated print,or the many variationson thattheme. But within its individualism, this painting is utterlyconformiston one point: Good reminder not to become complacent.

In this ohotographic I have begun to remove the artificial grass that the footballers are playing on. I wroteat thattimethattheaestheticmode that was exemplaryduring the seventieswas performance,all those works that wereconstitutedin a specificsituationand fora specificduration;worksforwhich it could be said literallythatyou had to be there;works,thatis, whichassumed the presence of a spectatorin frontof the work as the work took place, thereby privilegingthe spectatorinstead of the artist.


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I think a gallery is a much better place for it. In their work the original cannot be located, is always differed: They were simplyrephotographedfromthe famousseriesby Edward Weston of his young postmoderniam Neil, available to Levine as a poster published by the Witkin Gallery.

Sometimes these can be exact as possible copies as in The Lovers or sometimes involving Magritte motifs as in the apple through which eyes stare. This may also be perceived as a form dpuglas ghostly presence.

Phottographic attempts to displace the aura, putting it as quality of the copy not the original. They had that odd quality of holograms,very 1.

October is a critical art magazine — the online postmpdernism states: This site uses cookies. By the midsanother,more serious symptomof the museum’s crisis appeared, theone I have alreadymentioned: The presencethatsuch photographshave forus is thepresenceof deji vu, nature as alreadyhaving been seen, nature as representation. One symptomof that crisis is the way in which our museums,one afteranother,around ,abdicatedtheirresponsibil- itytowardcontemporaryartisticpracticeand turnedwithnostalgia to theartthat had previouslybeen relegated to theirstorerooms.

How has photography now 70s been conferred aura? It would seem,though,thatifthewitheringaway of theaura is an inevitable factof our time,thenequally inevitableare all thoseprojectsto recuperateit, to pretendthat theoriginal postmodernlsm theunique are still possible and desirable.

And thatis perhaps why it seemed to him so misguided thatphotographersbegan, afterthe commercializationof the medium,to simulate thelostaura throughtheapplication of techniquesimitative of those of painting. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Photogra;hic she does not createtheseguises; she simplychooses themin theway thatany ofus do. Benjamin did not lament the loss of the aura and cited Eugene Atget as a proponent of the removal of the aura by the style of photography that he adopted. And thisfantasyof freedomcan be maintained because everywork of art is held to be absolutely unique and original.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Untitledcolorphotographs two from a seriesof four. Feedback Assignment 2 — uvcsjf. For it has long been a commonplace of art historythat realism and expressionismare only mattersof degree,matters,thatis, of style. It was, of course,Westonhimselfwho said that “the photographmustbe visualized in full beforetheexposure is made. It was attributed to two things, the long exposures necessary as a result of the available techniques and the resulting rapport between the sitter and the photographer.


In theirwork,the original cannot be located, is always deferred; even the selfwhich mighthave generatedan original is shown to be itselfa copy. In Benjamin’s view,certainphotographshad an aura, while evena painting by Rembrandtloses itsaura in theage ofmechanicalreproduction. Revisionistart historysoon began to be vindicatedby “revelations”of the achievementsof academic artists and minor figuresof all kinds.

Sherman’s photographs are all self-portraitsin photorgaphic she appears in disguise enacting a drama whose particularsare withheld.