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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.advisor El Baroni, Basam
dc.contributor.author Sabanovic, Samra
dc.date.accessioned 2019-12-08T16:07:13Z
dc.date.available 2019-12-08T16:07:13Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/41445
dc.description.abstract If photography is to be understood as a representation of reality, what kind of reality would that be and how should it be represented? Philosophers have grappled with similar questions for hundreds of years but in this thesis, I engage with a particular way of looking at these questions of representation. I focus on the practice of rendering reality that concerns itself with the photographing of photographs themselves. This meta-practice could be explained as a rejection of a given firstsource reality - a kind of refusal to depict the World as seen through human eyes and their technological extensions. Conversely, it can also be understood as advocating a form of fictionality, positioning the photograph as a world parallel to the World. The historic medium of photography and the role of the photographer as a type of author is undergoing radical re-evaluations in light of machinic and computational transformations. Machine vision and machine learning are decentering the human within the chain of photographic production. Could it be then that what is left for the photographer – as constituted by the historical legacy of photography - is a photography of the photograph itself? Beyond dramatic interpretations of this question, the thesis at hand attempts to unpick this practice of Photo-Photographing and how it constitutes a particular trajectory. It does this through a series of open-ended conversations with texts, thinkers, and artists that point toward the theoretical grounding, the values and the exigency of this specific photographic phenomenon. This venture should be considered an early first attempt at mapping and articulating a practice that has already existed in various forms since the invention of modern photography. Why do we take photographs of photographs and what does this practice tell us about the world we live in? en
dc.format.extent 91+57
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Photographing photographs en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Arts, Design and Architecture en
dc.contributor.department Department of Art en
dc.contributor.department Taiteen laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword photography en
dc.subject.keyword photo-photograph en
dc.subject.keyword meta en
dc.subject.keyword representation en
dc.subject.keyword metonymy en
dc.subject.keyword imaginal en
dc.subject.keyword politics en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201912086404
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäyte fi
dc.contributor.supervisor El Baroni, Bassam
dc.programme Visual Cultures Curating and Contemporary Art en
dc.programme ViCCA en
dc.location P1 OPINNÄYTTEET D 2019 Sabanovic
local.aalto.barcode 1210015582

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