Stuart Whatling, Narrativising the Standpoint

Photography’s relationship with time has always been an uncertain one, torn (as George Baker pointed out in his 1996 essay on August Sander) between narrativity and stasis; between on the one hand, techniques that sustain a readable discourse, involving duration, movement and plurality, and on the other, techniques that emphasise the petrifaction of motion, the freezing of time, and the fixed, self-contained motif. [see "October" 76:1 1996 pp.73-113]



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