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VISA 1Q98 – Introduction to Visual Culture Week 1 January 07 and 09 2013 The Practice of Looking: A social practice that we do by choice or compliance and through this we can negotiate our social relationships and meanings. We use looking to communicate, to influence and to be influenced. What is Visual Culture? V.J Day  Women is actually in resist of the kiss/ the man is not her significant other  Sailor grabbed her and was intoxicated  Photo meaning then: War was over and was meant to be celebrated with love and joy  Photo meaning now: More known to the story and perception has changed “Migrate Mother” Dorothea Lange (1936)  Iconic image of the Great Depression  Relies on what we expect from the bond of a mother and child (Symbolic) “First Murder” by Weegee (Crime scene photographer)  Shows witness’ to a murder  Photo is evident of many different expressions and emotions  Subject matter of the photo could be misconstrued in many different ways due to the variety of facial expression (curiosity, sadness, and excitement)  Weegee calls attention to the act of looking at the forbidden scene and the capacity of the camera capturing the many emotions “Emmit Till” (1955)  Young black teen beat to death for allegedly whistling at a white woman  Demonstration on how powerful images are and to portray the injustice and violence  Civil rights movement Representation  Refers to the use of language and images to create meaning about the world around us  How we interpret meaning out of images and words  A social construction Mimesis  The idea of reflection or copying an image such as still life “Still Life” Roland de la Port (1765)  Mimetic copy of an image and pictorial realism  Representation of peasant life and a humble meal “Still Life with Dralas” Marion Peck (2003)  Energy in the matter and the universe  Paintings produce meanings through the ways that they are composed and rendered, not just in the choices of objects depicted “The treachery of images” (This is not a pipe) Magritte 1928-29  Displays the relationship between images and words, limits of representation in conveying meaning  Conveys “this is not a pipe itself but a representation of a pipe, in reality it is a painting of a pipe”  New meanings and relations are created  Breaks the rules of representation The Myth of Photographic Truth  Photography has been associated with realism  Photography can be manipulated  Objective (photo is informative) and the subjective (not all that appears is truth)  Positivism (Machines are more reliable than human observation and recording fact)  Bias: detached and subjective viewpoint, photographer chooses in part how image is portrayed Roland Barthes  What is here now compared to what was there then  Used the terms Studium, Punctum, Denotative, Connotation, signifier, and signified  Myth: the hidden set of rules and conventions through which meanings are made to seem universal and given to a whole society. Allows the connotative meaning to appear denotative (literal) Studium  To describe the truth function of a photograph or its ability to invoke a distinct appreciation of what the image holds (what the photo is of) Punctum  The effects of photographs and how they register intense feeling of memories, mortality…(How it makes us feel) Allen Sekula  “Photographs achieve semantic status as fetish objects and as documents. The photograph is imagined to have, dependin
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