2610 : Camera Lucida


This is Roland Barthes

This (below) is every page of Roland Barthe’s Camera Lucida,as scanned by the artist, Idris Khan.

Idris Khan, Every Page of Roland Barthes’s Book Camera Lucida (2004)

An essay about the above image and Idris Khan’s work. At Saatchi Gallery
At Sean Kelly gallery | At Victoria- Miro gallery


Cameras Are Clocks For Seeing!
Article about Camera Lucida and Barthes in The Believer

Re-reading Camera Lucida in The Guardian

Summary from University of Chicago

Very brief Summary on Slideshare

Another summary

Roland Barthes Bio |

Photo I • Composition


Henri Cartier-BressonThe Decisive Moment
Helpful and concise article about Cartier-Bresson

Joel Meyerowitz Talks about composition.


Helen Levitt | At MOMA | At Lawrence Miller Gallery



Gary Winogrand | 10 Things Gary Winogrand Can Teach You About Street Photography | Profile in The Guardian



Richard Avedon | website | American Masters video series | Master Photographer series at Time-Life



Francesca Woodman | Tate-Modern | Guggenheim

Untitled 1975-80 by Francesca Woodman 1958-1981


General Inspiration | Research | Photography Museums  (don’t forget to utilize this blog)

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Aperture Foundation-especially the weekly roundup of photography news on the blog

• The Lens Blog of the New York Times

Behold: The Photography Blog at Slate.com


International Center of Photography  | Online database

LightBox | The photo editors at Time Magazine

• Ryerson Image Centre | Collections


Canadian Art

Border Crossings


For those of you going to NY: Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video (at The Guggenheim)


Photo Bus Trip! *Friday, January 24*


Hello Photographers!
All aboard the party bus (well, not that much of a party since we’re leaving at 8:30 am). Here is our itinerary for the day. Remember to bring $9 in exact change for your admission to the AGO.

Bus leaves the circle outside the U.C.

Arrive at 80 Spadina. If you have colour film you want to process, there will be a quick stop at Toronto Image Works. If you are not dropping off film for processing, you can look at the Image Works gallery.

Art Gallery of Ontario
We will be viewing, Light My Fire: Some Propositions about Portraits and Photography.
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Leave AGO for the Ryerson Image Centre.
The two main exhibits are:

Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness.

The exhibition Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness examines both the dramatic and historical demise of film-manufacturing facilities and industrial darkrooms. The photographs taken between 2005 and 2010 speak to sites and events related to the key corporations (Kodak, Agfa, Ilford). As an artist working in photography for the past thirty years, Burley has been both an observer and a participant in this radical transition. This exhibition addresses the emergence of a new technology, which irrevocably changed photography, as well as the abrupt and rapid breakdown of a century old industry, which embodied the medium’s material culture. (text from the Ryerson Image Center website)

Phil Bergerson: Emblems and Remnants of the American Dream


Since 1995, Canadian photographer Phil Bergerson has made dozens of extended road-trips, criss-crossing the United States in search of the ‘American Dream’. Drawing upon the social landscape tradition, Bergerson found his material amid the melancholic detritus of the contemporary city: in modest store window displays, hand-painted murals, graffiti, and crudely-made signs. Here is a chaotic urban topography, one fuelled by unmoored dreams, raw desires, commercial fantasies, rampant patriotism, religious fervour, and a smouldering violence. The sumptuous colour photographs elicit a sense of both wonderment and disquiet, and ultimately a yearning for order, for meaning.
(text from the Ryerson Image Center website)

There is also a student gallery.


The installation is composed of one 16mm film looping continuously, and three vinyl reproductions of the remaining filmstrips. By working with these two distinct modes of presentation — the 16mm film requires the viewer to remain still and the filmstrips entail a physical movement across the space — the installation accentuates the spatiality and materiality of time passing.

With the use of the now-discontinued colour reversal Kodak Ektachrome film stock as source material, the transient nature of celluloid film mirrors the ephemeral nature of the sitter’s gaze. Through the progressive destruction of the film as it continues to play, the work brings life to a material and a subject matter that will inevitably disappear with time.
(text from the Ryerson Image Center website)

Leave Ryerson


Lunch. You will be in the area of 80 Spadina. Find some food, eat it.

Tour 401 Richmond and other galleries in 80 Spadina. At this time you may pick up your film from Toronto Image Works.

Bus leaves for Guelph

Arrive in Guelph
Boo hoo, you are sad the day is over. Perhaps you suffered from Stendhal syndrome?

Photo I : Photograms


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• Represented by Stephen Bulger (Toronto)
Yossi Milo (NY)
• Canadian Art profile
Article in Le Rencontres d’Arles
Video at Gallery Intell

GARY FABIAN MILLER2010_002_night-cell

Artist Website
Video and images at Victoria and Albert Museum
At Ingleby Gallery

SHADOW CATCHERS at The Victoria and Albert Museum
• Camera-less photo
techniques at Victoria and Albert Museum
A History of Camera-less Photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
A listing of all of the artists plus video interviews in the Camera-less Photography exhibit.


• At Cheim & Reid
• At Fraenkel Gallery
• At Artists and Alchemists
• Good article with terrible formatting
Interview in BOMB magazine.



Festuca grasses from ‘British and Foreign Flowering Plants and Ferns’, c.1854

Brief Bio | The Getty | University of Texas, Austin

Susan Derges
Prix Pictet
Paul Kasmin Gallery
Video, commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum.
At Oxford University
At Danziger Gallery

From Man Ray to Thomas Ruff—article
Good description with images
William Henry Fox Talbot | Photogenic Drawings
Arts Connected

MAN RAY-Rayograms
Metropolitan Museum of Art
At Aqua Velvet
General description of photography and surrealism


At the Getty


Flashlight and Salt, photogram on 8×10 film
More of his photograms

Photograms for the new age (interview in Aperture magazine)
See more work at David Zwirner gallery

2610: Singular Images: Images

The first essay discusses the image, Latice Window (with the Camera Obscura), August 1835.

Here it the full image:LatticedWindowAtLacockAbbey

Here is a version that has been colour corrected and enlarged:


Here are references to the image:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (good explanatory text)

National Media Archive (scroll down a bit)

Oxford Reference entry for the image

Google Images (to see all the variations, good and bad, of uploading an historic image to the web)

Contemporary interpretation of Talbot’s iconic image from the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibit, “Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography” 2010

More information about William Henry Fox Talbot.


The second essay discusses Charles Nègre, “Chimney Sweeps Walking”, 1852.

It is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.
This is an compelling analysis of Negrè’s image as it relates to representation and capitalism.

Charles Nègre entry in the Encyclopedia of 19th Century Photography.


In today’s lecture I mentioned the following artists/scientists/concepts/websites
:NASA (!) multimedia

This is Now! : This site showcases the latest image uploaded to Instagram based on geo-tag locations.

Eadweard Muybridge

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Harold Edgerton
Edgerton digital collection at MIT

Martin Klimas
Hiroshi Sugimoto
Sophie Calle

Rineke Dijkstra

Post-mortem photography
Lots of information available on this topic, but this is a good collection of images (on Pinterest of all places!)

The invisible/hidden mother
images from The Guardian.
A book on the subject.
Article in The Guardian
BBC news
The disappearing mother

Stereographs at the Library of Congress |
A brief history of stereographs and stereoscopes (good images)
Stereographs and travel.
Stereographs and the U.S. Civil War (good images)

Carte de Visite: A brief history of the Carte de Visite from the American Museum of Photography

Excellent resource of carte de visites from the Flickr feed of the George Eastman House