“Seeing Things” for The New Inquiry

3 Feb
Triptych, text messages with my 3 sisters via smartphone.

Abu Ghraib Memory Triptych, text messages with my 3 sisters via smartphone.


Check out my review of Shawn Michelle Smith’s book At the Edge of Sight: Photography and the Unseen over at The New Inquiry!

The photograph is proof, evidence. And yet, the photograph does not speak for itself. The photograph both records and crops, “both expand[s] and narrow[s] a visual field.” What lies outside of the frame, on the edges, behind the camera? The photograph offers no proof that does not need to be corroborated by testimony. Once, audiences were eager to be fooled by optical illusions—a fairy in a child’s hand, a dead loved one hovering in the frame. Now, in an age of ubiquitous photoshopping, we are right to be suspicious and yet we are still gripped. This is reality, captured.

.jb.

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