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Backdrops: Conversation with Chris Pinney

Favéro, Paolo S. H.; Pinney, Christopher; (2018) Backdrops: Conversation with Chris Pinney. Membrana Journal of Photography , 3 (2) pp. 30-36. 10.47659/m5.030.int. Green open access

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The conversation between the two researches revolves around the central question of backdrop, its meaning, position inside the studio practices. It delves into the performative aspect of backdrop photography putting it in proximity with theatre and cinema, question its nature as a prop in the process of staging an image. The question seem to be how can photography as a general practice can be understood and its theoretical notions enriched through research into rich backdrop practices (in case of Pinney and Fevero mostly in India and surrounding region) and how can we explain those practice via the established theoretical cannons. The conversation negotiates through main notions of authors such as Michael Fried, John Tagg, illuminates on usually neglected nuances of Barthes Camera Lucida to finally elaborate the profilmic nature of backdrop photography and its representative role of the society in which it functions. What kind of politics of space does it represent; is it transformative or representative? What is the meaning of the notion of the prophetic nature of photography?

Type: Article
Title: Backdrops: Conversation with Chris Pinney
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.47659/m5.030.int
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.47659/m5.030.int
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: backdrop photography, photographic event, politics of space, profilmic, prophetic nature of photography
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10154183
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