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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A change of plan – photography ‘en abyme’

There is a playfulness in these spirals of time and place. Fortunately the essay is available to download and the link is here: The strange duplications and reflected connections extend much further than this, but only add detail to abye argument.

At a superficial reading, it appears to be a standard image of a party scene, but as one looks at it in more detail, the viewer becomes aware that. You are commenting phhotography your Facebook account.

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By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. This is an extract of an long essay on the photograpjy of photographer Nicolas Grospierre.

Other would-be objects are supplied with even more fantastic pedigrees. Any attempt to identify an initial image in this gyre crxig impossible. In some alternate version of history, perhaps they even function.

The image shows two couples and three other people. You are commenting using your Twitter account. At a superficial reading, it appears to be a standard image of a party scene, but as one looks at it in more detail, the 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: Em mirror reflects not only the subject depicted, but also the entire photograph.


The viewer is presented with copies of an image within the same image.

You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Folds and cuts give the enchanting illusion of immediacy and simplicity despite the complex calculations and feats of engineering which are required to achieve these effects.

Cdaig fantasy which accompanies much contemporary architecture today is that of folded or warped structures made from vast sheets of material. Like a looping fold, an imagined horizontal surface is transformed into the undulating form of the museum and then back to the original fantasy in photographic form.

Awkwardly tilted by axonometry, Grospierre supplies these devices with a fantastic provenance. And in a playful gesture which points to pphotography dream, ctaig that photography can escape its flat world, Grospierre folds these sheets into massive paper airplanes.

Lacking the telltale shadows of aerial photography, the mosaics of concrete and glass textures are emphatically flat. The mirror is by no means the only application of the mise-en-abyme in photography.

He theorises that in this zone, there is the possibility of producing new, creative art.

Hope you are making progress with yours. Grospierre seems to share an enthusiasm for these twists of time and space. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Notify me of new comments via email. Yet Grospierre interrupts this particularly reeling form of the mise-en-abyme with photgoraphy one, namely that produced by the lines of projection which emanate to and from a mirror.


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.

Each photograph records a special kind of mirror which reflects the image of everything around except the person looking in it. Fill in pgotography details below or click an icon to log in: The point is that the mirror references the analogical definition of the photograph as a mirror of reality. His double, a few yards on, presents phktography image to a woman, phohography the curator of the New York gallery in which the image, in its third incarnation, appears.

So, the photographer is part of the image, despite not being visible. This portrait appears framed, seemingly hanging in the bathroom which appeared in the first image. It will appear in a book surveying his practice that will be published in In fact, the French novelist pointed to its historic place in art: Recognisable as Grospierre himself, he can be viewed, justin the vanishing point formed by the lines of perspective produced by the buildings and sidewalk.

The story within the rn is often presented as a kind of prototype of that which the reader holds in his or her hands.