As part of the feedback I received at the recent Thames Valley Group meeting, our tutor Jayne suggested I read Craig Owens’ essay. Representation, Power, and Culture Craig Owens, Scott Bryson Barbara Photography. en. abyme. Brassa’i’s portrait of a group of young Parisians at the Bal. This is an extract of an long essay on the work of photographer Nicolas [1] André Gide cited in Craig Owens, ‘Photography en abyme,’.

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A change of plan – photography ‘en abyme’

The young artist makes a work which will attract the attention of a Chelsea gallery. In he created a series of photographs which seem to document scientific instruments.

The strange duplications and reflected connections extend much further than this, but only add detail to the argument. They slowly propel their pool across the Atlantic by swimming synchronized laps from end to end.


The viewer is presented with copies of an image within the same image. Email required Address never made public. His double, a few yards on, presents the image to a woman, perhaps the curator of the New York gallery in photoggraphy the image, in its third incarnation, appears. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

This is more than a self-portrait or a city scene. We peer through the window to witness the inauguration of the work now fixed on a wall. You are commenting using your Facebook account.


It tells us in a photograph what a photograph is — en abyme.

A change of plan – photography ‘en abyme’ | Holly’s OCA I&P Blog

At a superficial reading, it appears to be a standard image of a party scene, but as one looks at it in more detail, the viewer becomes aware that a complex web of internal reduplications deflects attention away from that which, despite the status of photographs as imprints of the real, remain external to the image: Walking along the sidewalk, Grospierre himself carries the photographic print into the scene.

Here the vanishing point takes on a literal form. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Whilst Grospierre makes no claim on a programme, his photographic images—curling space, folding time and sometimes stirred with fiction—offer opportunities to find the fantastic in the familiar …. Grospierre seems to share an enthusiasm for these twists of time and space. Notify me of new comments via email.

They rely on drawing and occasionally model-making to act as a kind of intermediary between an idea and its realisation.

Psychological and sociological details are thus displaces by the network of internal relationships between subject, mirror and other, which structures the image.

This carig an extract of an long essay on the work of photographer Nicolas Grospierre. At a superficial reading, it appears to be a standard image of a party scene, but as one looks at it in more detail, the viewer becomes aware that. Awkwardly tilted by axonometry, Grospierre supplies these devices with a fantastic provenance.


In the s, American photographer Duane Michals produced photogdaphy number of series of photographs which seemed to allude to the capacity of the lens to zoom into or pull back from an image.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Nothing illuminates the work better, or establishes its proportions more clearly. However, there is more to it than that.

The Photographer in the Hall of Mirrors

The mirror is by no means the only application of the mise-en-abyme in photography. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here And in a playful gesture which points to another dream, namely that photography can escape its flat world, Grospierre folds these sheets into e paper airplanes. Each photograph records a special kind of mirror which reflects the image of everything around except the person looking in it.

It tells us in a photograph what a photograph is— en abyme.

In some alternate version of history, perhaps they even function. So not much has been happening with my coursework for a while. The mirror reflects not only the subjects depicted, but also the entire photograph itself.

When, four decades later, they finally arrive, their enthusiasm for America evaporates.