Workshop: Photography, Writing, Letterpress (13.-14.03.19, Marburg)

Photography, Writing, Letterpress
13.‒14.03.2019, Philipps-Universität Marburg

Although both being visual media, printed texts and photographs are generally perceived as being very different, if not opposed, in character. Print is seen as a standardized and easily reproducible form of writing; writing, in turn, is considered as a convention-based durable translation of speech, of thoughts and observations into an abstract visual code. Photography, on the other hand, is understood as a physical imprint of light, as a perceptually accessible trace of the scene it depicts, and is therefore seen, at least to a certain extent, as a medium of realism, truth and objectivity. Their complex relationship and its range of phenomena renders scientific research on this topic not only appealing, but also extremely challenging. The workshop encourages an interdisciplinary exchange in order to discuss possible answers to the primary question how this relationship can be addressed methodologically.

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The workshop is organized by Deutsches Dokumentationszentrum für Kunstgeschichte ‒ Bildarchiv Foto Marburg and subproject 5 of the DFG research unit 2288 »Journal Literature.

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