Heidi Bale Amundsen
Kunsthistorie, samtidskunst, estetikk, nyere kunstteori, fotografi, fotoboken, fenomenologi, nymaterialistisk teori, kuratering
Photobook commentators have proved to have a hard time approaching the transtemporal quality of photobooks; the performative interrelation between visuality and reader that unfolds over the act of reading. As I see it, an important reason for this is that the dominant models for reading photographic works were developed in relation to individual, rather than sequential forms of imagery. Leaning on Roland Barthes, Jacques Rancière, Henri Bergson, and Bruno Latour, Reality re-composed: On transtemporal displacement in three contemporary American photobooks is an attempt to develop a reading method that enables capture of the transtemporal dimension of three particular photobooks. These are Nan Goldin's The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1986), Collier Schorr's Jens F. (2005), and Christian Patterson's Redheaded Peckerwood (2011). They are all structured by repeated motifs - postures, prosthesis and frames. By drawing attention to the way in which these forms are redefined over the act of reading, what I will argue is that all three books individually suggest a redefinition of photographic truth as process.