The Burning Mirror : Photography in an Ambivalent Light
Light is an elusive and paradoxical force. It cannot be 'seen', but neither is it a pure abstraction. The Burning Mirror critically examines the dazzling impact of light's much-neglected ambivalences on photographic histories, theories and practices. The burning mirror with which Luce Irigaray critiques Plato's simile of the cave is invoked to direct this blinding light squarely on to photography. The photographic practices of solarisation, lens flare, overexposure and the blinding light of the flash are examined, as well as analyses of photographs by Maurice Tabard, Man Ray, Ansel Adams, Minor White, Catherine Yass, Tokihiro Sato and Danielle Thompson. This is a new, multifaceted mode of photographic critique.
- 15 Jan 2009
- Australian Scholarly Publishing
- Kew, VIC, Australia