Re: Photographs Reading Us?

michaela pohl (mpohl@INDIANA.EDU)
Sun, 7 Jan 1996 12:21:44 -0500

On Sat, 6 Jan 1996, Matthew Hill wrote:

> On Sat, 6 Jan 1996, stacey a ayeh wrote:
> >
> > Why do so many people the world over, feel very moved when they see images
> > of the wild, sun sets, mountains - Is it to do with collective memory and
> > perhaps the wish to go back to a forgotten paradise?
> >
> Query - Is this indeed true of people from non-western backgrounds? I
> have frequently read that this reaction is a product of the western
> romantic movement of the last couple of centuries.

Or we could say that romance of the other (or of what we haven't got) is
obviously the universal concept at work here regarding images. Anyone who
has done fieldwork in emerging countries in the past 20 years can attest
to the (at first) baffling experience of finding in aquaintances homes'
images of everything from skyscrapers to barbie dolls to cambell soup cans
gracing the walls.

Frank Gunderson