08 February 2013

One Small Step - Batchen on the "Dissemination" of Photography

In this very brief comment at The Brooklyn Rail, Geoffrey Batchen goes some distance toward suggesting what I have regularly argued for around here for several years: displacing the focus on objects (photographs) with attention to photography as a technology for doing things, specifically amplifying our abilities to see and imagine. He is concerned with "dissemination" which is but one segment of the process of doing things. But at least he is moving away in some measure from worrying about the semantics (meaning) of images toward attending to pragmatics (use) of photography. I suspect Batchen would exit the bus well before my destination. Too bad.

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