CHAPTER 7

Photography as a cultural critique

FROM ‘UNCONCERNED’ PHOTOGRAPHS TO CONCERNED PHOTOGRAPHERS

One of Man Ray’s experiments with photography involved taking what he termed ‘unconcerned’ photographs. He would use the camera to take pictures by chance, with little or no regard for subject or composition. By introducing this random element into his photography he allowed the camera to document whatever happened to be in front of the lens at the moment he happened to press the shutter. At another extreme of photographic practice, we can find photographers who have consciously used the camera not to reflect the world, but have made a conscious effort to produce images that will change it.

According to the British Journal of Photography (February ...

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