What is genre?

  • it is a category, a way of organising or creating a systematic way of thinking about the subject matter
  • it displaces subjective criticism
  • it encourages the examination of conventions that structure work
  • works to establish in the mind of the viewer something about the kind of image it is

‘Since we cannot confirm any photographic truth, photography should not be used as evidence that something happened.’

  • arguing that it is not art but is evidence
  • the actual set up might be art but the photography actually isn’t
  • ‘photography is not art. It is not even an art’
  • ‘It just looks stupid when a photograph is backlit and displayed vertically in an exhibition, in the way paintings have traditionally been shown.’

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