Posts Tagged ‘Susan Sontag’

Photography at the Boston Athenaeum

Thursday, March 28th, 1991

The Boston Athenaeum, a Library with gracious high-ceilinged rooms adorned with columns and all kinds of Graeco-Roman archi­tec­tural details, and filled with books and pictures, was built by 19th century Bosto­nians as a modern temple to Athena, Goddess of Wisdom.

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Sophie Calle

Wednesday, January 24th, 1990

SOPHIE CALLE borrows elements from detec­tive novels, philo­soph­ical inves­ti­ga­tions, the film noir, the nouveau roman, docu­men­tary photog­raphy, love letters, art movies, B‑movies, John Cage’s theo­ries of random­ness, and Joseph Beuys’s actions. She combines them in star­tling ways, as medi­ta­tions on the myste­rious spaces between self and other.

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American Photography: 1839 – 1900

Friday, June 2nd, 1989

The people in the portraits present anxious faces to the camera; having your picture taken was a serious busi­ness. The camera was enor­mous, bulky, and expen­sive; the process was time-consuming and myste­rious. Silvery and almost trans­parent, their deli­cate faces float on the shim­mering silver plates like ghosts.

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