As part of the feedback I received at the recent Thames Valley Group meeting, our tutor Jayne suggested I read Craig Owens’ essay. Representation, Power, and Culture Craig Owens, Scott Bryson Barbara Photography. en. abyme. Brassa’i’s portrait of a group of young Parisians at the Bal. This is an extract of an long essay on the work of photographer Nicolas [1] André Gide cited in Craig Owens, ‘Photography en abyme,’.

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Because the mirror image doubles the subjects — which is exactly what the photograph itself does — it functions as a reduced internal image of the photograph. The mirror is by fn means the only application of the mise-en-abyme in photography. Fortunately the essay is available to download and the link is here: This is more than a self-portrait or a city scene.

This site uses cookies. In the s, American photographer Duane Michals produced a number of series of photographs which seemed to allude to the capacity of the lens to zoom into or pull back from an image. There is a playfulness in these spirals of time and place. It will appear in a book surveying his practice that will be published in Yet Grospierre interrupts this particularly reeling form of the mise-en-abyme with another photoyraphy, namely that produced by the lines of projection which emanate to and from a mirror.

The point is that the mirror references the analogical definition of the photograph as a mirror of reality.


So not much has been happening with my coursework for a while. It is a complex lecture, and I probably do not need to go into more detail phottography that for the purposes of this post.

A change of plan – photography ‘en abyme’

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Philosopher Michel Serres would surely lend his backing: Lacking the telltale shadows of aerial photography, the mosaics of concrete and glass textures are emphatically flat.

This was exactly what they had swum all this time to avoid, this crudeness, lack of individuality, which did not even disappear when all the businessmen stepped out of their Brooks Brothers suits.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: This portrait appears framed, seemingly hanging in the bathroom which appeared in the first image.

They rely on drawing and occasionally model-making to act as a kind of intermediary between an idea and its realisation. You are commenting using your Twitter account. At a superficial reading, it appears to be photographj standard image of a party scene, but as one looks at it in more detail, lhotography viewer becomes aware that a complex web of internal reduplications deflects attention away from that which, despite the status of photographs as imprints of the real, remain external to the image: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Nothing illuminates the work better, or establishes its proportions more clearly.

A change of plan – photography ‘en abyme’ | Holly’s OCA I&P Blog

In he created a series of photographs which seem pwens document scientific instruments. Abym fact, Grospierre combines these images with a Borgesian story about the development of a secret design by Polish scientists in the Second World War to fight the forces occupying the country.


When, four decades later, they finally arrive, their enthusiasm for America evaporates. In fact, the French novelist pointed to its historic place in art: The young artist makes a work which will attract the attention of a Chelsea gallery.

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He theorises that in this zone, there is the possibility of producing new, creative art. And in a playful gesture which points to another dream, namely that photography can escape its flat world, Grospierre folds these sheets into massive paper airplanes.

Other would-be objects are supplied with even more fantastic pedigrees. It tells us in a photograph what a photograph is— en abyme.

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Whilst Grospierre makes no claim on a programme, his photographic images—curling space, folding time and sometimes stirred with fiction—offer opportunities to find the fantastic in the familiar …. In some alternate version of history, perhaps they even function. It tells us in a photograph what a photograph is — en abyme. Thanks for owenw message.