: Burden Of Representation: Essays on Photographies and Histories (): John Tagg: Books. The Burden of Representation: Essays on Photographies and Histories. Front Cover. John Tagg. University of Minnesota Press, – Photography – pages. The author traces a history which has implications not only for the theory and practice of conventionally separated areas of amateur, professional, technical.

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Paperbackpages. This johj is an exemplary piece of counter-hegemonic history writing; in Foucauldian fashion, Tagg conceptualizes photographs as always already part of a discursive system. Find it on Scholar. This is where he starts tatg about Foucault’s idea of surveillance.

What distinguishes him from the prevailing, parochial discourse is his familiarity with the ideas of leading figures in the Marxist and Poststructuralist debate in Europe. Tagt response, these essays argue for a rigorous historical and institutional analysis of the meaning, status, and effects of photographs, rooted in a historical grasp of the growth and dispersal of the modern state.


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The Burden of Representation

You know, as a society we like to think that what defines us is our desire towards increasing freedom. Photographs are used as documents, records and evidence every day in courtrooms and hospitals, on passports and driving licences. Spatial Formations Nigel Thrift No preview available – This isn’t in the least bit easy or obvious.

If you think there is an unproblematic relationship between the reality that is ‘out there’ and photographs we take of hhe world ‘out there’ then you really need to read this book. My friend Eric sent me the course on visual sociology that he teaches – well, the texts that he uses anyway.

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Rejecting the idea of photography as a record of reality, Tagg traces a previously unexamined history that includes the meaning, status, and effects of photographs. Added to PP index Total downloads 3of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 3of 2, How can I increase my downloads?

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The Burden of Representation Essays on Photographies and Histories

The early portrait photographs even look like portraits that the upper classes would have paid ‘proper artists’ to paint for them. What kinds of photographs were seen seen as purely instrumental and able to function Request removal from index. Now, while this isn’t always a mistake, sometimes it can be exactly that. We take photographs according to our wants and needs and those wants and needs are pre-informed by the society we live in.


Once the introduction of this book is over it becomes what the intro isn’t – clear, beautifully written, smart and stunningly good.

His books, which often focus on the relationship between photography and power, include The Burden of Representation: Capitalism is the great standardiser. Then he read some Foucault. Drawing on semiotics, on debates in cultural theory, and on the work of Foucault and Althusser, John Tagg rejects the idea of photography as a record of reality and the notion of a documentary tradition, and traces a previously unexamined history that has profound implications not only for the history and theory of photography but also for understanding the role new means and modes of representation were to play in processes of modern social regulation.