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Another Way of Telling: A New Theory of Photography by John Berger

By John Berger

“There are not any images which are denied. All pictures have the prestige of truth. what's to be tested is in what means images can and can't supply intending to facts.” With those phrases, of our such a lot considerate and eloquent interrogators of the visible provide a unique meditation at the ambiguities of what's probably our basic paintings form.
As built through John Berger and the well known Swiss photographer Jean Mohr, that concept comprises photographs in addition to phrases; not just research, yet anecdote and memoir. Another manner of Telling explores the stress among the photographer and the photographed, among the image and its audience, among the filmed second and the thoughts that it so resembles. Combining the ethical imaginative and prescient of the critic and the sensible engagement of the photographer, Berger and Moher have produced a piece that expands the frontiers of feedback first charged by means of Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes, and Susan Sontag.

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Just as it was not clear whether the poems spoke with the voice of a woman or a man, so it should remain uncertain whether the image inspired the text or vice versa. My first interest in photography was passionate. To learn how to use a camera, in order to be able to take these photographs, I went to see Jean Mohr. Alain Tanner gave me his address. Jean instructed me with great patience. And for two years I took hundreds of photographs in the hope of telling my love. This is how my close interest in photography began.

The winter had been one of extreme shortages (especially of fuel in Budapest) and economic distintegration. Two months before, in March, the socialist Republic of Councils had been declared. The Western allies in Paris, fearful lest the Russian and now the Hungarian example of revolution should spread throughout Eastern Europe and the Balkans, were planning to dismantle the new republic. A blockade was already imposed. General Foch himself was planning the military invasion being carried out by Rumanian and Czech troops.

For example: the degree of rural poverty in the United States in the 1930s; the treatment of Jews in the streets of Nazi Germany; the effects of US napalm bombing in Vietnam. Yet to believe that what one sees, as one looks through a camera on to the experience of others, is the ‘utter truth’ risks confusing very different levels of the truth. And this confusion is endemic to the present public use of photographs. Photographs are used for scientific investigation: in medicine, physics, meteorology, astronomy, biology.

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