Writing about Photography

If a picture tells a thousand words, then it stands to reason that photography will have inspired its fair share of writings. Critical, theoretical, speculative, philosophical, historical, autobiographical and fictional. Certainly, over the years, TPG has been witness to, subject of and instigator of a variety of texts that aim to elucidate, illuminate, define or simply just celebrate the photographic form in words.  From specially commissioned essays to narrative fictions inspired by specific works or themes, this viewpoint presents an evolving and diverse selection of some of the ways that the literary has framed the visual.  

Essay
Fri 23 Feb 2018
Be it in light or shadow: Photography and the Essay

Daniel C. Blight considers photography's interactions with the genre of the essay, asking questions of style, idiolect and the politics of communication

Essay
Fri 23 Feb 2018
See the moon? The Celestial and the Circular in Photography

Emily LaBarge confronts various photographs' depictions of things circular, orb-like and celestial, from Nadar's The Giant to Noemie Goudal's Station works.

Essay
Fri 23 Feb 2018
Inside the Camera's Belly

Esther Teichmann blends the essay with fiction and autobiography, narrating a journey through seduction and fantasy, both written and visual

Essay
Fri 23 Feb 2018
Being Seen

CN Lester recounts personal experiences of gender non-conformance, visibility and invisibility, in relatiosnhip to an anonymously authored 1880 photograph 

Essay
Fri 23 Feb 2018
Under the Sign of Brisées

Jonathan P Watts writes on Helen Sear's project Brisées, and considers the origin and meaning of the word from broken branches and snapped twigs, to pixelated and monochrome images of woodland scenes 

Essay
Fri 23 Feb 2018
The Project

Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa considers Dana Lixenberg's body of work Imperial Courts, symbolic violence, and the visceral inequities that result from the equivalence in American life between blackness and threat.

Essay
Fri 23 Feb 2018
Act Like a Wasteman, That's Not Me

Harris Elliott considers British black male identity, Trap and oratorical prowess

Essay
Fri 23 Feb 2018
To Know the Beast Intimately

Gelare Khoshgozaran considers the figure of the jinn as the temporal embodiment of human desires and emotions in Morehshin Allahyari's work She Who Sees the Unknown: Ya’jooj Ma’jooj

Fri 23 Feb 2018
Dear Laxmi

Skye Arundhati Thomas, in this fictional letter to her grandmother, engages protest, nostalgia and time, as read through an appropriated press photograph by artist Rosângela Rennó 

Essay
Fri 23 Feb 2018
What is 21st Century Photography?

Daniel Rubinstein takes the identity and meaning of contemporary photography head on in this philosophical essay

Essay
Fri 23 Feb 2018
Co-creating in the Networks

Andrew Dewdney offers a critical response to Daniel Rubinstein's essay What is 21st Century Photography?

Essay
Fri 06 Apr 2018
Notes on Laura Letinsky and Lightness

Duncan Wooldridge reflects on Ill Form and Void Full, the minimal photocollage work by Canadian artist Laura Letinsky

Essay
Fri 23 Feb 2018
What Remains

Isobel Whitelegg considers the importance and social context of the Brazillian artist and designer Geraldo de Barros' two bodies of work Fotoformas and Sobras