Fragments, Futures, Absence and the Past

A New Approach to Photography

According to Walter Benjamin, the past that is not recognized by the present threatens to disappear irretrievably. As a consequence, photographs cannot save the moment from oblivion by pure depiction alone, but only by keeping the depicted moment actual at every present moment.

Instead of counting on the documentary quality of photography that speaks in the past tense of "what has been", Silke Helmerdig suggests a different approach to photography: an extension of a future subjunctive (photographic) tense speaking of "what could be, if", allowing one to think possible futures instead of harking back to the past.

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2016-08-31, 206 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-3624-6

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Silke Helmerdig, Pforzheim University, Germany

Author(s)
Silke Helmerdig
Book title
Fragments, Futures, Absence and the Past A New Approach to Photography
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
206
Features
kart., zahlr. Abb.
ISBN
978-3-8376-3624-6
DOI
Commodity Group
1744
BIC-Code
JFD AJ ABA JFC
BISAC-Code
PHO005000 ART009000 SOC052000 SOC022000
THEMA-Code
JBCT AJ ABA JBCC
Release date
2016-08-31
Edition
1
Topics
Bild, Fotografie, Erinnerungskultur
Readership
Photography Theory, Cultural Studies, Art Theory
Keywords/Tags
Photography, History, Post-War Germany, Future, Past, Absence, Presence, Moment, Depiction, Image, Memory Culture, Visual Studies, Contemporary History, Fine Arts

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