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Project 2.2 – Diane Arbus’ Brooklyn Family

This exercise asks that the student read and reflect upon Liz Jobey’s essay on Diane Arbus in Singular Images: Essays on Remarkable Photographs by Sophie Howarth. “The fictions we make about photographs are as unreliable as they are unavoidable” (Jobey 2005, p.67). This is Liz Jobey’s opening line and the sentiment on which her essay […]

Rhetoric of the Image – Roland Barthes

A challenging and enduring study, this post is both summary of, and my understanding of Roland Barthes’, Rhetoric of the Image. In his essay, Barthes, through deconstruction and analysis, explores the functionality of photographs in the communication of specific messages. Barthes opts for an advertising image for his study because “in advertising the signification of […]

The Death of the Author – Roland Barthes

I finally got around to writing a few words on the 1967 essay, The Death of the Author by Roland Barthes. The essay explores the notion of authorship and argues against traditional literary criticism (structuralism). A text here is any medium, be it literary, photographic, painted or otherwise, that is created by a conscious mind […]