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Trace-Image to Fiction-Image: The unfolding of Theories of Photography from the '80s to the Present *

Trace-Image to Fiction-Image: The unfolding of Theories of Photography from the '80s to the... This essay traces how theories of photography have moved beyond the ontological theories of the trace-image (the index, the “it-has-been”) in the 1980s, toward, at first, more pragmatic theories linked to the uses of the image, and then toward what Dubois hypothesizes as the “theory of possible worlds” applied to the visual field. In this new understanding, the photograph is not a “trace-image-of-what-was-there” but rather a “fiction-image-of-a-world-possible.” http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png October MIT Press

Trace-Image to Fiction-Image: The unfolding of Theories of Photography from the '80s to the Present *

October , Volume Fall 2016 (158) – Oct 1, 2016

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MIT Press
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© 2016 October Magazine, Ltd. and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ISSN
0162-2870
eISSN
1536-013X
DOI
10.1162/OCTO_a_00275
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Abstract

This essay traces how theories of photography have moved beyond the ontological theories of the trace-image (the index, the “it-has-been”) in the 1980s, toward, at first, more pragmatic theories linked to the uses of the image, and then toward what Dubois hypothesizes as the “theory of possible worlds” applied to the visual field. In this new understanding, the photograph is not a “trace-image-of-what-was-there” but rather a “fiction-image-of-a-world-possible.”

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OctoberMIT Press

Published: Oct 1, 2016

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