Camera Historica or How the Camera Changed the World

This WordPress site is the review/project site of students enrolled in The History of Photography (History 351) 2011-2012 at Lancaster University, UK.

Interpretation takes the sensory experience of the work of art for granted, and proceeds from there. This cannot be taken for granted now. Think of the sheer multiplications of works of art avialble to everyone of us, superadded to the conflicting tastes and odors and sights of the urban environment that bombard our senses. Ours is a culture based on excess, on overproduction; the result is a steady loss of sharpness in our sensory experience. All the conditions of modern life – its material plenitude, its sheer crowdedness – conjoin to dull our sensory faculties. And it is in the light of the condition of our sense, our capacities……that the task of the critic must be assessed.

WHAT IS IMPORTANT NOW IS TO RECOVER OUR SENSES. WE MUST LEARN TO SEE MORE, TO HEAR MORE, TO FEEL MORE.

SUSAN SONTAG AGAINST INTERPRETATION

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