Fragments, Futures, Absence and the Past

A New Approach to Photography

Silke Helmerdig

Transcript-Verlag

Fragments, Futures, Absence and the Past

Pub Date: February 2017

ISBN: 9783837636246

206 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $40.00

Fragments, Futures, Absence and the Past

A New Approach to Photography

Silke Helmerdig

Transcript-Verlag

According to Walter Benjamin, the past that is not recognized by the present threatens to disappear irretrievably. As a consequence, photographs cannot save the moment from oblivion by pure depiction alone, but only by keeping the depicted moment actual at every present moment. Instead of counting on the documentary quality of photography that speaks in the past tense of "what has been", Silke Helmerdig suggests a different approach to photography: an extension of a future subjunctive (photographic) tense speaking of "what could be, if", allowing one to think possible futures instead of harking back to the past.

About the Author

Silke Helmerdig is professor of art photography at Pforzheim University, Germany.