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RE MEMBER ING,

Photography, Remebering & Marcella

Candy Magazine

Plato was also obsessed by the idea of memory and time, which is explored in Phaedra – what role memory and imagination plays in the appreciation of the beautiful. For him, memory was a 'wax tablet', for Freud 'a mystic writing pad', for St. Augustine 'a storehouse'. While Freud's discipline was firmly rooted in cognitive psychology, even he admitted that there was something a little 'mystic' about the process, it is not without an emotional context, and traditional studies of memory began in the field of philosophy. However, nineteenth and twentieth century research situated it within cognitive psychology, and more recently it has been placed within the context of cognitive neuroscience, which perhaps provides evidence that we are regressing rather than advancing, depending on your own way of 'seeing'.   In any case, photography is as much about a way of remembering, as it is seeing. It is evidence of a moment in time; a shared experience between photographer and subject.   Régis Debray views photography as a 'technology of memory', as much as painting, writing and sound. And yet, photography is possibly the most powerful metaphor for memory; an evocative shorthand.   There are so many explorations of this shorthand, from Giuseppe Tornatore's ‘Cinema Paradiso’, to Deirdre O'Callaghan's extraordinary ‘Hide That Can’ photography project (four years work of capturing the destitute Irish in Arlington House, London), from the artwork for Kate Bush’s 1982 ’The Dreaming’, to the powerhouse of Magnum (founded in 1947), and the modest but powerful political (and otherwise) engaging of Bill Doyle's (often cited as Ireland's Henri CartierBresson) work. In fact, Cartier-Bresson provided an interesting take on the essential spirit of his own photography:   Magnum is a community of thought, a shared human quality, a curiosity about what is going on in the world, a respect for what is going on, and a desire to transcribe it visually. »

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