• Photographic (In)authenticity: Making Strange as a Creative Practice Response

    Author(s):
    Yaron Meron (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Subject(s):
    Design, Design (graphic), Design thinking, History of photography, Photography, Visual communication
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    art and design, authenticity, design research
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/sy0k-hx52
    Abstract:
    Debates around authenticity within photographic discourse are persistent. Some have revolved around documentary photography, while other discussions focus on the ethical validity of digitally edited news photographs and indeed the photographic medium itself. This article proposes that discussions around ‘authenticity’ should be focused instead towards contextualising photography more appropriately within the creative practice of ‘making strange’. It acknowledges existing debates around photography and authenticity, before locating the discussion within creative practice. It then moves to a discussion, using Robert Capa’s ‘Falling Soldier’ (Capa, 1936) as a starting point, before drawing on examples from the author’s own creative and professional practice. In the process, the article argues that visual researchers embrace the challenges of making the familiar strange within photographic creative practices.
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    Published
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