Roland Barthes

Photographing Jesus

For the forthcoming Images, Icons and Idols conference at the University of Manchester, I hope to present a paper with the title and abstract below. Forming part of my doctoral research, this paper will contribute to a chapter on the iconic characteristics of the photograph, particularly as they relate to the interpretation of biblical texts: …

Photographing Jesus Read More »

The shock of the new

Image: Ultrasound of Baby Beaumont the Second. It feels slightly odd marking this post in my ‘research’ category, but the photograph is such a departure point for so many thoughts, that I can’t help but mull it over:  Up to the point of climbing on the hospital bed for the first scan, the knowledge of …

The shock of the new Read More »

Why I get hooked on Roland Barthes

By way of markers to locate some of my emerging research around the image and text relations of particular biblical photographs, here I note the terms from Barthes which I cannot avoid. Benjamin, Barthes and Baudrillard – the three B’s who hang around photography’s dark room like prophets in the wilderness. They script stories of …

Why I get hooked on Roland Barthes Read More »

Light From the Middle East

At the V&A, Light From the Middle East: New Photography is an Art Fund sponsored exhibition bringing together over 90 works from 30 artists, broadly representative of contemporary practice in the greater Middle Eastern area (including North Africa). Photographs range from black and white documentary coverage of conflict (including work from the Iran Diary series …

Light From the Middle East Read More »