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Photography Beyond Technique: Essays from F295 on the Informed Use of Alternative and Historical Photographic Processes by Tom Persinger

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INTRODUCTION: PHOTOGRAPHY BEYOND TECHNIQUE

Tom Persinger

Photography is not dying and has not died. In fact, it is more vigorous than ever. The commonly felt angst (mostly among photographers) regarding the death of photography is because we have been tricked. Along the way, we were fooled into accepting a simplified definition of the medium. Photography is not simply a process, artifact, or gesture. It should not be reductively defined, but expansively considered. It is a visual language through which pictures and ideas can be shared, explored, and discussed. It is a way of communicating that can be chemical, digital, tangible, or ephemeral. It can be factual or fictitious. It can make us want things, satisfy our needs, and bridge great distances. ...

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