- The role of the image in the financialization of space - Spaces are full of memories. The things we do in space we tend to associate with those spaces. Spaces have the power to bring back memories, sometimes even unwanted ones and it is for that reason we sometimes see spaces preserved or destroyed in order to either retain or obliterate memories. Space can induce memories to sneak upon you, as I recently discovered. I was rambling around the Docklands in Dublin and I suddenly found myself remembering my past as the space I was in confronted me with a long forgotten memory. That memory was a personal one, but equally ...
- The Promise of Greatness – Photography and Advertising - The advertisement attempts to tap into our increasingly individualistic society through a series of portraits anchored with text aimed at one’s narcissistic values. The concentration on the individual also seems to contradict corporations’ usual requests for a worker with team ethic but perhaps hints that one will ultimately end up working in an environment governed largely by the laws outlined by Darwin.
- Who is ‘The Keeper’? - The character is also an echo from my own past as a former corporate employee, while the briefcase, belonging to my father, is another icon of the corporation.
- The Real and Reality in Constructed Photography - I feel that it is not always possible to use straight photography to document facts. So how ‘real’ is the ‘reality’ of constructed photography?
- Eugenics - There was a time when one may have been asked to provide a photograph with one’s CV/resume. Why did companies ask for this? So they can judge you partially based on how you look in the photograph. The photograph becomes an index to your personality.
The Long Read
- Corporate Photography – Part II - Part two concentrates on how the corporation has used photography as a documentary tool. In particular the role of photography in General Electric as David E. Nye’s has written a very interesting book on General Electric’s photography department between 1890 and 1930 called ‘Image Worlds’, which I shall refer to. Finally Lewis Hine’s post-1920s stylised work portraits used in new employee magazines, are key to the development of one class of corporate image.
- Corporate Photography – Part I - Part one is concerned with the use of photography in the discourse of science to examine labour and create a more efficient worker. In part two, which will be published at a later date, I will look at how photography was used by the corporation as a documentary tool.
- A Place Like All Others - How we use our urban space is a key concern today with the wide-held perception that space is a valuable commodity. ‘A Place Like All Others’ questions what types of places we want to create and how images of space, such as computer generated images and manipulated photographs, aim to influence our perception of what urban space should be.