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p. 1126. Fantasy and remembrancelocked

  • Steve Edwards

Abstract

The archiving of photographic images is a multi-million-dollar industry. The commercial ownership of historical image collections has significant implications for the control of memory and the representation of history. Culture seems to be increasingly colonized by an advertizer's view of a flawless world. ‘Fantasy and remembrance’ considers the notion of the photograph as fantasy and asks questions about how far it actually represents reality. Previously, the predominant model of photography came from documentary but now advertising and publicity have taken over. However, one of the most revolutionary impacts of photography is that we do not need to have been present at a particular time or event to witness it. Do the images we see have the desired effect on us?

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