Lecture-Media & Representation - The labour of making things mean

Lecture-Media & Representation - The labour of making things mean

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11/1/11 Media & Representation : The labour of making things mean Pipe picture – to alert us to the ways in which we represent the world and in that process, and change slightly meanings or reactions/responses to what we’re looking at Representation and Visuality Sturken and Cartwright: Practices of Looking “Representation refers to the use of language and images to create meaning about the world around us. ...This process takes place through systems such as language that are mirror of reality, reflection or imitation (mimesis) the myth of photographic truth Photography – capturing images and circulating them fundamentally has to do with photography, which is less than 120 years old (maybe even younger) Your world was what your eyes saw Talking about a process that selects, interprets, and begins to almost manufacture the world around us. Not a process that is just reflective of the world, not talking about a process that mirrors reality, or a reflection of reality. The photographic moment is a moment about representation, not just about mirroring. This process of representation which first of all takes place in language through the way which we describe and apprehend the word through the use of words is something that is structured through rules and conventions; rules and conventions of language as well as rules and conventions of image-making. There is a grammar to this process. In the process of making and apprehending images, we are in the middle of a negotiation of social meanings and social relationships. Part of the way we create values about the world and negotiate the way we value our world; make judgments and claims about the world Develop our own notions of common sense
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Murray: Photography and Shifting Notions of Aesthetics The confluence of digital image technology along with social network software that has brought about this new aesthetic.”(156) Until 1880, it was nearly impossible for individuals to take a picture and have it developed and keep it. The only way to keep a photograph in 1880 was to hire a professional To have your picture taken in the 60s or 70s meant to sit for a length of time, because it took a long time for the photographer to develop, capture light, etc. One of the reasons why people didn’t smile, because it’s hard to hold a smile for that long; deadpan look 1888, Kodak unveils the instant box camera string, key button each camera came with 100 exposures and when you were done, you mailed the camera to Kodak, the whole thing, and they developed the photographs and sent them back to you. Most of the middle class started to purchase this device and take pictures, and they did
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This note was uploaded on 12/13/2011 for the course COMM 3287 taught by Professor Madger during the Fall '11 term at NYU.

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Lecture-Media & Representation - The labour of making things mean

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