M4 - PHOTOGRAPHY IS MAGIC

...by Charlotte Cotton

I got this book finally. The reviews on Amazon were really off-putting and I relied on them for months but saw the references to this book in a couple of places recently and thought that it is really not right to trust a couple of people whose expectations were different than what they got. And it is Charlotte Cotton book so it can't be really bad, can it?

I am really glad I have this book. I wish, the same as many other readers, that there was more about the artists, and generally more to read about this broad subject but what is written is very interesting and helpful....The selection of artists is very rich and unique so it somehow compensates for the slightly too concise writing.

It is an important source of contextual research for me at the moment as the approach to photographic record and new methods of generating the image are very close to what i 

LUCAS BLALOCK

It is one of those artists whose works make me feel really excited about the photography and my own vision of it. My very new vision - I must add, not really crystallised yet, still evolving but getting there, I hope.

Blalock works are unconventional and brave. I really identify with the way he challenges the traditional understanding of photography. For him (same as for me since the revolution in my head during the previous module) camera is one of the many apparatuses involved in the image-making.

My work is premised on the idea that what we mean by “photograph” is no longer a thing understood to be produced by a camera alone but by a larger apparatus inclusive of the computer. For me this has set the stage for playing with the possibilities and indexes of this device. As a continuation of this, I don’t think that Photoshop for me has the sense of post production but is just a continuation of the production of the photograph that begins with the camera. An interview with Lucas Blalock, June 2012
Lucas Blalock, A Toilet With a Phone, 2015-2016

Lucas Blalock, A Toilet With a Phone, 2015-2016

New research suggestion

Lucas Blalock, Rocking chair. 2012

Lucas Blalock, Rocking chair. 2012

Lucas Blalock

Lucas Blalock

ParisPhoto from Jo.PNG

Just when writing this post and reading about the Lucas Blalock I got a text from Jo Suthers with the photo of the exhibition wall on the ParisPhoto. Jessica Backhaus - another very interesting artist I need to look closer at. Thank you Jo!