Photographic Memory

As with many books about photography, David Bate’s (2009) The Key Concepts of Photography his first chapter addresses the history of photography. Interestingly, Bate (2009, 11) attempts to plot a general history of photography, as opposed to a more specific history. Earlier Bate (2009, 9) had also referred to Freud’s view that

links the invention of photography to the faculty of memory rather than vision.

This is one of the reasons I enjoy taking photos, being able to look back at them to remind me of people, places and events. As photographers we create our own history of photography. Each snapshot has an individual, unique meaning to the photographer. How we archive and showcase photographs may have changed, but the desire to capture these instances remains as it did for William Henry Fox Talbot when he invented to negative/positive process to produce photographs.


About Matt

Photography degree student with the Open College of the Arts.
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