Impure vision

Staged American art photography of the 1970s

Moa Goysdotter

In the 1970s a group of American art photographers challenged the standard expressions of the time: the manifest modernist ‘straight photography’. The new ideal was to be called ‘staged photography’ and instead of viewing the camera as an objective, optical device and photographs as mechanically reproducable artistic products, the rebellious photographers pointed to the possibilities of conveying holistic life experiences, where a cluster of sensory impressions were needed.

In Impure Vision, photography theorist Moa Goysdotter analyzes the work of four of the main activists and artists of staged photography – Krims, Michals, Tress, and Samaras.

By applying new perspectives to photography of the 1970s Goysdotter sheds light on these photographers’ critique of purist ideals, and their methods of transcending the entrapment of the purely visual effects of photo.

Impure vision not only tells the history of staged photography in a new way by using theories and methods not previously practised on the subject, but also proposes new outlooks on photography theory and history in general.

TitelImpure vision: Staged American art photography of the 1970s
FörfattareMoa Goysdotter
Art. nr.4169
Storlek150 x 225 mm
Pris229 kr

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Moa Goysdotter

Moa Goysdotter

Moa Goysdotter is researcher and lecturer at the Department of Art History and Visual Studies, Lund University. Her PhD-project was concentrated to photography theory and American art photography of the 1970s. Currently she teaches courses in fashion and digital media, and in her present research she focuses on subversive movements at the border of art  Läs mer »

Impure vision

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