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Photography, Trace, and Trauma

Margaret Iversen


Photography as a medium is often associated with the psychic effects of trauma. The automaticity of the process, the wide open camera lens, and the light sensitivity of film all lend themselves to this association. Just as a photograph registers things that to some extent bypass artistic intention and convention, so also the event that precipitates a trauma bypasses consciousness leaving an indexical trace on the psyche. Both involve the chance exposure to something which leaves an indelible impression. This book is an exploration of artists and theorists who have thought of photography as so ... More

Keywords: analogue, chance, exposure, digitization, indexicality, photography, trace, trauma

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226370026
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226370330.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret Iversen, author
University of Essex

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