The third lecture, titled ‘The Photographic Effect as a Global Phenomenon’, will consider the role of photography in a proto Postmodern era, firstly from its utility and functions during warring years, the conceptual elements of the photographic medium that present itself as the appropriate documentary tool, namely the truth value surrounding a piece of photographic image, its capacity of demonstrating realities unreachable by daily lives of mass population, and in a similar manner, how the photographic tool is being utilised beyond the battlefield to highlight inequilibrium within societies.
The lesson will simultaneously reference images made by photographers like Robert Capa, George Strock, W. Eugene Smith, Carl Mydans, Margaret Bourke-White, and will at the same time consider photographers’ position in situations as such, if they are a step removed or indeed, very much involved in what is happening before them. Moving forward, the lecture will look into the invention and rise of the moving image, consider the similarities and differences of its conceptual foundation with the still image, how the moving image emerged as an independent expression of creativity, providing to Modernist artists like Salvador Dali, René Clair, Marcel Duchamp, Hans Richter, a new way of seeing, thinking, making, and the role of moving image in both world wars, as well as how the moving image positioned itself both as a form of entertainment, through narrative telling, eventually providing a platform of escape for the populace in a time of distraught, and a mode for experimental artistic expressions.
Next, in this session, the lecture will look at Walter Benjamin’s theory on the ‘aura of art’, how the increasingly popular photographic medium in the middle 20th century allowed for mass imagery dissemination of works of art, and consider if such capacity for replication enhances, or indeed, destroys the unique time-space relation of individual work of art. Lastly, the lesson will speak briefly on the continual growth of photographic technologies and the invention of the digital platform, of which, will be spoken in details in the next session.