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March 01-04, 2018

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"Fictional Photography"

Ken White (L)

Friday, March 11 - 10:00AM to 10:45AM
Summerlin A

In 1980 Roland Barthes published his essay about Photography, Camera Lucida, which was part of the growing discourse of “postmodernism”. One of his tenets was that the Photograph confirmed the past existence and eventual death of the subject (his interest was portraiture). This presentation builds on Barthes’ premise and examines contemporary fictional photography as being limited to the drama of “History” without impinging on the present moment or illuminating the future. Work by artists like Witkin, Skoglund, Sherman, Levinthal, Nix, Casebere, and Kahn & Selesnick will be examined as literal products of Light and interpreted as variations of historical narratives.

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