Discussion #1

Two things that struck you as particularly important and/or interesting

– “Photography is determined by societal definition, just like everything else”.

-When thinking deeply about photos, the actual medium is transparent and the photo is a replication of the real world

One pertinent question:

-When the author uses “public domain” in the text, is he talking about social media or social platforms?

Three main points that you gleaned from the material:

-When we communicate now through this “public domain” the author describes, we use it as an anonymous voice of authority and only seeking positive affirmation

-A photograph is a “discourse” of some kind, an utterance with a message also implies a photograph is incomplete, looking for others to “read it” or find meaning

-On top of a photo’s primitive meaning, (the one you can see just by looking), there is a second layer of meaning. A level of “connotation” that is more invested.


discourse: an arena of information exchange that acts as a system of relations between parties engaged in communication

tendentious: intending to promote a particular point of view, often a controversial one. 

heliography: is the photographic process invented by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce around 1822, which he used to make the earliest known surviving photograph from nature-Denotative: is a translation of a sign to its meaning, precisely to its literal meaning