Maintenant: images du temps prŽsent

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Vincent Lavoie
McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2003 - Photography - 309 pages
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While the crisis that took place in photojournalism during the 1960's brought about a significant shift in the practices, discourses and institutional structures of press photography, it also affected the practices of artists, specifically with regard to work devoted to revitalizing the depiction of events. The art world attempted to revitalize the historical genre by undertaking its critical rereading, in the spirit of restoring a tradition diminished by the mass media. The problem may be expressed in these terms: How can history be depicted, bearing in mind that the media (mainly photojournalism and the electronic press) have claimed a monopoly of the genre unto themselves? At issue is the sizeable problem of mass media omnipotence as an obligatory referential universe for historiographical artistic practices. Today, it seems impossible to depict the event in any way other than by accentuating or eschewing the formal attributes, rhetorical artifices, and ideological precepts of the mass media. These approaches to addressing historical moments have been examined in this article both because they epitomize contemporary historical writing and, for the most part, they constitute critical responses to stereotyped depictions of events. Above all, they represent a paradigm shift: the mass media's prerogatives for depicting historical moments has shifted towards the field of art. Contemporary depictions of catastrophe - crimes, sensationalist news items, terrorist attacks, humanitarian disasters, genocides - (common themes in many of the artistic projects represented in the 8th edition of the Mois de la Photo a Montreal} have been especially striking in this respect. For of all contemporary events, catastrophes are the most likely to be spontaneously propelled to the top of the news - roster and the most susceptible to the various inflections of contemporary art photography.
 

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Contents

Photographie et imaginaires du temps présent
12
Photography and Imaginaries of the Present
13
Œuvres
29
Quelques images complexes du temps présent La modernité les médias et le temps
142
Modernity the Media and Time
143
Les montages de temps dans les pratiques artistiques de larchive
166
Temporal Montage in the Artistic Practices of the Archive
167
Le Destin de limagemonument après le 11 septembre
188
La Souffrance des autres Photographic de presse et 171lassitude compassionnelle187
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Press Photographs and Compassion Fatigue
225
Limmédiateté des images de guerre Représentations fugitives du monde vu à travers une paille
244
Fugitive Images and the SodaStraw Effect
245
Limage du champ de bataille
258
The Picture Of the Battlefield
259
Quand le reportage photographique devient une marchandise
278
When Photojournalism Becomes Merchandise
279

The Fate of the ImageMonument in the Wake of 911
189
La spectacularisation du tourisme noir Photoreportage déontologie et commémoration sur les sites de désastre collectif
204
Photojournalism Deontology and Commemoration in the Visitation of Sites of Mass Disaster
205
Index des artistes et des œeuvres
291
Bibliographie sélective
304
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