Luigi Ghirri and Italian Photography:
Towards a New Consideration of Landscape.
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.
(Distinction - Sotheby's Institute of Art, University of Manchester 2016)
Representing the Unimaginable:
the Aesthetics of the Transmission of Trauma in Simon Norfolk’s Bleed (2005).
A 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.