Historical Misappropriation


I much prefer the outlook of Nan Goldin, from this same series.

One of my concerns as a researcher is differentiating between “historical reconstruction” and “contemporary appropriation.” This is a major problem in photographic scholarship, where it leads to appalling mistakes such as those evidenced in the Peter Galassi video above. His observations are, to put it mildly, embarrassing. When watching the BBC series "The Genius of Photography", I was so put off I failed to watch the rest of the series for a long time afterward. Never mind that it has its brilliant (and accurate) moments from Geoffrey Batchen and others, but this pompous diatribe from Galassi grates on me like fingernails on a chalkboard.

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Posted by Jeff at May 27, 2009 12:54 PM

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