Category Archives: Part 3 – Mirrors and Windows

The Family Gaze

Photography is inseparable from time. These portraits record the appearance of the subjects at seven discrete moments in time; an eighth fixed moment has been added by bringing them together in a single image and the viewer will establish a … Continue reading

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Time, Memory and Post Memory

“We move through time, we live time, we are creatures of time. Photography retrieves for us small shards of time, and we should relish our astonishment at this fact. ” Estelle Jussim 1989 (1) Sometime, around seventy five years ago, a … Continue reading

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The Gaze

John Berger argues that “the reciprocal nature of vision is more fundamental than that of spoken language” (1 p.9) . Small children ask whether people on the television can see them but have to learn that covering their eyes fails to make … Continue reading

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Elina Brotherus: Where the Mirror is a Window

In the context of further exploring the notion of photographs as mirrors, the course notes suggest a viewing of a video of Elina Brotherus talking to OCA students in 2015 (1). In this forty minute film the multi award winning  artist photographer discusses … Continue reading

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Windows

Following on from researching John Szarkowski’s concept of categorising photographs into mirrors or windows (see here) this exercise delves into my archive to find photographs that represent the second of these two view points, the window, having previously looked at mirrors here. A photograph that might be … Continue reading

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Mirrors

Following on from researching John Szarkowski’s concept of categorising photographs into mirrors or windows (see here) this exercise delves my archive to find photographs that represent the first of these two view points. A photograph that might be called a mirror will tend … Continue reading

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John Szarkowski: Mirrors and Windows

In 1978 John Szarkowski curated Mirrors and Windows: American Photography since 1960 at the Museum of Modern Art; in the same year the exhibition catalogue was published as a book of the same name (1). The exhibition explored Szarkowski’s theory … Continue reading

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