The mass democratisation of photography, accelerated in recent years by digital technology, has presented the medium with many new challenges and raised questions relating to some of photography’s fundamental characteristics. However, this digital revolution has also offered new opportunities to explore the limits of the medium both technically and conceptually.
The “narrative” characteristic of photography, underscored by the medium’s link with the real world through the action of lens and light on light sensitive material, has long been considered a quality inherent in the medium. However, some artists have challenged this assumption, creating work that could be termed “anti-narrative” where questions are raised about the medium itself, their practice pushing boundaries and re-arranging the rules.
Given the plethora of images and shifting photographic parameters, it is essential both for the viewer and the maker to understand how the medium communicates. “A knowledge of photography is just as important as that of the alphabet. The illiterate of the future will be ignorant of the use of camera and pen alike.” Lazlo Maholy-Nagy’s 1923 prediction was made long before any digital technological advances, but his observation was prescient and remains deeply significant given the progressive use and proliferation of photographic imagery.
Students partaking in the studio have made work in response to the issues raised.
|P.V.||Tuesday 10th June, 6-10pm|
|Opens||Wed 11th - Sat 21st June|
|Venue||Central House (2nd floor)|
|Online||Cass Degree Show|
|Studio||Studio 6: Narrative, Anti-Narrative and Photographic Practice|
|Course||Fine Art BA (Hons)
Photography BA (Hons)
STEFANY ALVES PENHA
PEDRO MONTALVO LOPEZ