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2018 SPE National Conference: UNCERTAIN TIMES: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood

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"Myth, Montage and Magic Realism: Rethinking the Photograph as a Discursive Document"

Invited Speaker, Liam Devlin

Saturday, March 11 - 1:00PM to 1:45PM
Orange AB

Using Jacques Rancière’s theoretical development of an a priori logic of an equality of intelligence (2009), I will examine how an assumed equality of intelligence, applied across all the various forms of photography can provide a more productive framework to consider how images are used and reused. It will be argued that by assuming this a priori logic, we can move the debate beyond questions that are concerned with the originality of an image or its status as document and allows for a reconsideration of its use as a catalyst for debate. What is called for is a photographic discourse that reformulates the role of documentary photography as a means to engage with the reader’s imagination as an explicit challenge to perception. This new discourse re-frames the photograph as a vehicle for debate, as a discursive document.

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