What is a photograph?

What is a photograph?

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

Elliott Erwitt

Through photographs, we preserve history – our child’s first steps, a decaying landscape, or rare and endangered animals.

In this lecture, we looked at different aspects of the photograph

It is a 2D

It flattens the world

It has edges

It is an artefact

It is still

It is fixed in time

It is (or color) monochrome

It has denotations and connotations

It is a truth

It serves a purpose / is conside

Interesting part for me was the presentation of the photos from this topic

– It is still

– It is fixed in time

Guessing at what time the photo was taken was very instructive exercise.

Previously I was uninterested in the physical signs of time, which affected the photograph. Now faded, discoloured and creased  photographs are for me more valuable


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