Towards the end of my MA I re-discovered the writings of Herbert Marcuse. He wrote: “A work of art is authentic or true not by virtue of its content nor by its ‘pure’ form, but by the content having become form.” (Marcuse, H. (1978:8)
The Aesthetic Dimension)
In my work Disconnected 2.0 I felt that content had become form.
The Leica is 100 years old and many well known photographers used this now iconic camera to capture historic moments in time. John Naughton writes in The Guardian today about the enduring legacy of not only the camera and the photographers who use it but also the design decisions made at the time by the inventor. A fascinating story of innovation, engineering and the impact on the business model underpinning photography.
Look up from your mobile and connect to the real world with real friends. A brilliant video with voice commentry that really tells a poignant story comparing and contrasting a life with and without a screen.
…but not with a camera. This is one that I wish I had posed and shot. It captures the essence of being disconnected.
Or is it just a reflection of self? Interesting work done by Saul Leiter (above) and Ernst Haas (below) around ideas of screens, reflections, and distance.
Particularly like the ones taken in New York in the rain, with backgrounds often out of focus but with very clear shape and form.
Deborah Padfield has been engaged in dialogues with patients about pain. Descriptions of pain often stretch our linguistic abilities to the limit. Her images show how perceptions of pain can be illustrated and can open up further conversations.
Victoria Station in 1950 and 2014. Images of certain locations in London can be seen using Streetmuseum app on a smartphone.
Felipe Luchi used photography to get across a clear message in series for Outside Go Magazine. He created jails from a mouse and an iphone to illustrate our tendancy to be prisoner’s of technology.
Source: World Press Photo, http://www.worldpressphoto.org/awards/2014
This picture, taken by John Stanmeyer won first prize in the contemporary issues section of the world press photo of the year 2014.
“African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad. Djibouti is a common stop-off point for migrants in transit from such countries as Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, seeking a better life in Europe and the Middle East.” John Stanmeyer (2014)