Books: Camera Lucida

What makes a photograph artistic?

Barthes suggested that the photographer should have an intention to capture some meaning when he asked ‘of all the objects in the world: why choose (why photograph) this object, this moment, rather than some other?’ (Barthes, 2000:6) . Continue reading “Books: Camera Lucida”

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Books: Visual Methodologies

Visual Methodologies by G. Rose has individual chapters to explore different methodologies for interpreting visual media.

Rose asserts in the introduction that “We’re often told that we now live in a world where…what we see is as important, if not more so, than what we hear or read. So-called ‘visual illiteracy’ is berated…” Rose paraphrases Stuart Hall to say that ‘it is important to justify your interpretation’ of images as there no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers. It is this skill of interpretation that I still feel I am only just beginning to develop. Continue reading “Books: Visual Methodologies”