By Ian Lambot, Greg Girard
Girard and Lambot spent 4 years exploring the infamous Walled urban of Kowloon (Hong Kong), ahead of it's ultimate clearance in 1992. With over 320 photos, 32 prolonged interviews, and essays at the City's background and personality, this reprint is not just an informative glimpse of a now vanished landmark yet a delicate and penetrating portrait of a distinct community.
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Rather than interpret the subject-matter, they used photography to present the subject to the viewer, relying on the medium’s characteristics of detail, focus and clarity. This theoretical framework for the photograph applies more to the preproduction of photography and may be linked to the intention of the photographer or the characteristics of the photograph that may be sought by the viewer. The diagram 40 ○ ○ The Photography ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ H A N D B O O K ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ above gives an indication of how the work of three photographers might fit into the scheme.
31). We can take it that the convergence of these two procedures resulted in the medium of photography which, though related to painting and drawing, amounts to an entirely new representational system with its own particular attributes. In addition, photography came to prove itself capable of transforming the culture from which it sprang and was also a quintessential product of its own empirical era. Any examination of the development and proliferation of photography would not be complete without accounting for the medium’s location in intellectual history.
Light is passed through a lens to be converted from energy into electrical impulses which are transmitted to the brain. However, some impulses (Berkeley’s ‘visible ideas’) will conflict with other information (tangible ideas) causing a visual system conflict or illusion. This theory, with its roots in the philosophy of Descartes and Bishop Berkeley’s scheme of things, leads to the ‘argument from illusion’ whereby we can never be sure whether our senses are deceiving us. This philosophical puzzle suggests that—as perception is sometimes fallible—we can never really be sure when our senses are acting faithfully or being wholly misleading.