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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To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: In postmodernist art this is not usually noticeable, it is the concept that matters rather than the way that concept has been communicated. It is extendedto the carte-de-visite, the fashionplate, the advertising shot,theanonymoussnap or polaroid.

To authenticatephotography requires all the machineryof art history and museology,with a fewadditions,and more than a fewsleightsofhand. Crimp states that mechanical reproduction led to a crisis in museums galleries around when they stopped showing contemporary work and looked backwards. They use art not to reveal theartist’s trueself,but to show the selfas an imaginaryconstruct. It has, we mightsay,acquired an aura, only now it is a functionnot ofpresencebut ofabsence,severedfroman origin,froman originator,fromauthenticity.

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This site uses cookies. For Levine’s autobiographical statementis onlya stringofquotations pilferedfromothers;and ifwe mightthink thisa strangeway of writingabout one’s own axtivity should turnto thework it describes.

Finally Crimp suggest that aura has been replaced by presence — i. JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive.


But I do so herein orderto point out thattherecuperationof theaura forphotographywould in fact subsume under the banner of subjectivityall of photography,the photography whose source is thehuman mind and thephotographywhose source is theworld around us, the most thoroughlymanipulatedphotographicfictionsand themost faithfultranscriptions of thereal, thedirectorialand thedocumentary,themirrors and the windows, Camera Work in its infancy,Life in its heyday.

Notify me of new comments via email. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. But theseare only thetermsof styleand mode of theagreed-uponspectrumofphotography-as- art.

The Photographic Activity of Post-modernism – Douglas Crimp

Crimp seems to think so. Crimp seems to agree and skims over the subject.

And she does not createtheseguises; she simplychooses themin theway thatany ofus do. As such, her photographs reversethe termsof art and autobiography. So, was there an absence as a result? The extraordinarypresenceof theirworkis effected throughabsence,throughitsunbridgeabledistancefromthe original,fromeven thepossibilityof an original. The museum has embracedboth of thesephenomena with equal enthusiasm,not to say voraciousness.

They were simplyrephotographedfromthe famousseriesby Edward Weston of crimmp young son Neil, available to Levine as a poster published by the Witkin Gallery.

From themultiplicationofsilkscreenedphotographicimagesin theworks of Rauschenbergand Warhol to theindustriallymanufactured,repeti- tivelystructuredworks of postmodenism minimal sculptors,everythingin radical artistic practiceseemed to conspire in thatliquidation of traditionalculturalvalues that 3.

This third photograph below is a much closer example of postmodernist appropriation. And thatis perhaps why tye seemed to him so misguided thatphotographersbegan, afterthe commercializationof the medium,to simulate thelostaura throughtheapplication activit techniquesimitative of those of painting.


I will confine my thoughts to photography: This paragraph explains a difficulty. 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.

Benjamin did not lament the loss of the aura seeing the photograph as a new objective art form yet these early photographs have now acquired an aura of their own as have later ones.

It helped me to see how institutional motivations inform the way in which our understanding of art is influenced, and how we perceive it.

Thus the images which Levine has cut out of books of photographs by Activith Feininger and Elliot Portershow scenes of naturethatare utterlyfamiliar. This site uses cookies. Email required Address never made public. They suggestthatRoland Barthes’sdescriptionof the tenseof photographyas the “having been there”be interpreted in a new way.

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This site uses cookies. Email required Address never made public. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Certain techniques,paper types,and chemicalshave passed out ofuse and thustheage ofa print can easily be activify.