Forget Photography: The Arts Council and the Disappearance of Independent Photography in Neoliberal Britain.
Dewdney, A. (2021). Forget Photography: The Arts Council and the Disappearance of Independent Photography in Neoliberal Britain. Concerning Photography: The Photographers’ Gallery and Photographic Networks in Britain, c. 1971 to the present. Online 25 Nov - 02 Dec 2021
This paper starts from the perspective that for some time we have been living with photography’s afterlife in which contemporary photography is a ruined territory populated by archaic knowledge practices. The way out of photography explored in this paper is through forgetting the spectral presence of photography in order, on the one hand, to see the new conditions of the image and on the other, to witness the trauma of photography’s several deaths. This is achieved by a trick of adopting the future present from which photographic knowledge practices of collection, exhibition and archiving appear as discontinuous with the present and capable of cold case reinvestigation. The art museum has absorbed photography through a process of modernist purification, continually expunging the hybrids of the contemporary image and hence, paradoxically, admits not a medium capable of examining the present, but photography as heritage.
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