Unreal Nature

January 23, 2018

Following the Process

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… it is not a question of memorializing a favorite state, catching the work’s best profile, but of following the process.

This is from the essay ‘Artists and Photographs’ (1970) found in Topics in American Art Since 1945 by Lawrence Alloway (1975):

… The documentary photograph is grounds for believing that something happened.

Photographs used as coordinates, or as echoes, soundings that enable us to deduce distant or past events and objects, are not the same as works of art in their operation. Max Bense has divided art and photography like this: “the aesthetic process of painting is directed towards creation: the aesthetic process of photography has to do with transmission.” “Painting reveals itself more strongly as a ‘source’ art, and photography more strongly as a ‘channel’ art.”

… Only by photography can the temporal route of a work of art be recorded in terms homologous to the original events. It should be stressed that it is not a question of memorializing a favorite state, catching the work’s best profile, but of following the process.

My most recent previous post from Alloway’s book is here.

-Julie

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