Why the past legitimates the present (retromania and the ‘nostalgising effect’)

The misguided parallel between spontaneity and authenticity is often mentioned here. We, in general (and students in particular), not knowing how to address the issues of photographic representation, tend to evoke “spontaneity”, “purity”, “genuineness”, “naturalness”, etc. to qualify the truthfulness … Continue reading Why the past legitimates the present (retromania and the ‘nostalgising effect’)

‘Pictures of atrocity’ and ‘Pornographic imagery’, a conversation with Alfredo Jaar

Still regarding the fires in Portugal and the choices made by the media, a well known Portuguese historian, Pacheco Pereira, said overall the journalists had entered into a sort of “pain masturbation”. In cases of tragedy, where human drama in … Continue reading ‘Pictures of atrocity’ and ‘Pornographic imagery’, a conversation with Alfredo Jaar