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Basic Critical Theory for Photographers by Ashley la Grange

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7 Clive Scott, The Spoken Image: Photography and Language

Chapter One: The Nature of Photography

Scott starts by using an excerpt from Bioy Casare’s novel The Adventures of a Photographer in La Plata (1989) to illustrate two different positions in the debate over how much self-expression photography allows the photographer. One position argues that the photograph occurs at exposure, while in contact with the real world and it depends on the photographer’s ability to see and anticipate. The photographer does not impose himself on the world but capitalizes on chance. The second argues that exposure is a link between before taking the photograph and afterwards (Scott warns that this distinction is not absolute, for example Ansel Adams used the darkroom ...

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