IMAGING HISTORY: PHOTOGRAPHY AFTER THE FACT

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ISBN: 9789461170132
160 pages
Publishing date: 28-10-2011

IMAGING HISTORY: PHOTOGRAPHY AFTER THE FACT


Bruno Vandermeulen, Danny Veys

In archaeology, photography is mainly used as a technique for gathering data and evidence. Within the framework of the research project ‘(in)site, site-specific photography revised’ the relationship between photography and archaeology, or broader, history is explored. How do photographers visualize history? What is the importance of place, particularly the place that remains after the event took place? How do photographers or artists use photography to depict the past, when time has become ‘past time’? These articles and portfolios explore, both on practical and theoretical level, how history can be captured.

The research project is an attempt to redefine the traditional relationship between archaeology and photography in order to produce new forms of image making more adapted to contemporary visual culture. The project considers photography as a ‘mode of engagement’, a practice in which a picture is shaped and constructed by the photographer, not a practice in which a picture is mechanically taken. Thanks to this shift it becomes possible to take artistic input into account, for archaeological photography will be able to establish a dialogue with new forms of presentation and interpretation, and make them beneficial for both art and science.

With contributions by:
Pool Andries
Leen Engelen
Giovanni Fragalà
Henrik Gustafsson
Iro Katsaridou
Anastasia Kontogiorgi
Bruno Notteboom
Benjamim Picado
Marjan Sterckx
Johan Swinnen
John C. Welchman
Helen Westgeest

And photographs by:
Karin Borghouts
Carl De Keyser
Bart Michiels
Bruno Vandermeulen & Danny Veys

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