This paper aims to investigate the role of Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri (1943–1992) in the development of the status of the medium in his country, particularly in relation to a new consideration of the Italian landscape during the 1980s. It starts by exploring his study of the photographic discourse and the visual perception of reality during the 1970s, contextualising his practice in the historical and intellectual times, both in Italy and internationally. It then proposes an initial consideration of the photographer’s work through the system of the archive. Finally, this study examines Ghirri’s role in the restoration of a notion of national identity through a sense of belonging grounded in the Italian land.
Representing the Unimaginable:
The Aesthetics of the Transmission of Trauma in Simon Norfolk’s Bleed.
An short essay considering contemporary Aftermath Photography in relation to Georges Didi-Huberman's writings on the need to bear witness to the horrors of the Holocaust, countering claims of unrepresentability.
Post-memory: the Re-turn to Aftermath Photography
and the notion of the Sublime.
A continuation of the research of the essay above. This paper is a deeper engagement with the writings of Georges Didi-Huberman and Theodor Adorno to question how conflict is represented nowadays.
Photographers in publishing: An interview with Steve Ryan
Steve Ryan is the founder of Root+Bone magazine, a quarterly publication offering insights to London’s food and drinks culture.
Photographers in publishing: An interview with Chris Baker
London photographer Chris Baker shares how the new way to move is rooted in the everyday. His biannual publication weMove recently had its first birthday and here Chris discusses the philosophy behind the publication, the state of print and what is next for weMove.
Photographic education: An interview with James Arthur Allen
James Arthur Allen is a practitioner and lecturer, living and working in Bath. He has shot for leading publications such as Financial Times and The Guardian while helping shape the new generation of photographers through his teaching. James shares his thoughts on the role of lecturers and the challenge higher education faces to remain relevant.