Jeff Wall speaks with David Campany

Authored by: Jeff Wall , David Campany

The Routledge Companion to Photography Theory

Print publication date:  November  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138845770
eBook ISBN: 9781315727998
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David Campany and Jeff Wall’s dialogue around aesthetics and photography includes a historic review of differential attitudes in the use of the medium, the aesthetic possibilities of picture making, and photography’s relation to artifice. They discuss the distinction between a commitment to “revealing the subject matter,” as with documentary forms, and one in which the single image is central. Not wanting to “imitate the journalist-writer,” Wall chose to engage with representation and the singular “picture.” A phenomenological turn in the discussion encompasses consideration of the mnemonic function, the spectator’s engagement with the image, and the pleasure of “photographic seeing.”

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