Photography as pseudodocumentary discourse
Held by Joan Fontcuberta

Photography was born both as a form of document and a form of entertainment. Throughout its history those two categories, which have often been opposed, have led to different social uses: from consumption and science to the domain of the vernacular and the visual arts. The idea here is an ontology of photography which understands the uncertainty of its present identity from a criticism of its hegemonic documentary models.

Joan Fontcuberta is a photographer and lecturer at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona

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