Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. [Part II]

Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. New York, Hill and Wang, 2010. Summary: In the second part of Camera Lucida, Barthes's reflection centers on his mother's absence/presence [in photographs] as a means to get to the noeme [essence] of photography. Through personal reflection and subjective observation, he sifts through studium to locate punctum. Furthermore, he casts … Continue reading Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. [Part II]

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Benjamin, Walter. “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”

Benjamin, Walter. "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction," in Illuminations, translated by Harry Zohn, 217-251. New York: Schocken Book, 1968. To remember: "Even the most perfect reproduction of a work of art is lacking in one element: its presence in time and space, its unique existence at the place where it … Continue reading Benjamin, Walter. “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”

the mourning post as punctum

Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. New York, Hill and Wang, 2010. thumbing through Camera Lucida (Barthes) in preparation for a project about mourning on social media. sensed possibilities: [Studium refers to experiencing an] average affect, almost from certain training ... studium ... which means a kind of general enthusiastic commitment, of course, but without … Continue reading the mourning post as punctum