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From the borders to centre stage: photographic self-portraiture

Kalpaxi, E. (2014) From the borders to centre stage: photographic self-portraiture. Philosophy of Photography. 5(1), pp. 65-76. 2040-3682.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: This article focuses on photographic self-portraiture and, in particular, it investigates what happens when the genre’s proximity to conceptual borders is crossed (between the center and the margins, self and other, normal and deviant behaviour, consciousness and unconsciousness) are challenged. Drawing on psychoanalytic and semiotic theories, and the history of the genre, this article investigates the negativity ascribed to self-portraiture, its association with identity politics and social media, and problems of reference arising in contemporary work. The objectification of one’s body image is inherently linked to narcissism. This idea is useful for understanding the meaning of the photo-album/photo-diary, the therapeutic aspects of self-portraiture, and the rhetoric applied to images produced to bring visibility to marginalized and underrepresented groups, which also serve to challenge the art establishment. However, the prioritization of art as a context for photography, the popularity of the genre, and the changing ideas related to definitions of ‘the center’, demand a re-definition of representations of selfhoods.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social media, selfies, self-portraiture, identity, art, photography, psychoanalysis
Subjects: T Technology > TR Photography > TR624 Applied photography > TR680 Portrait photography
T Technology > TR Photography > TR185 Philosophy
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) > N61 Theory. Philosophy. Aesthetics of the visual arts
Creators: Kalpaxi, Elisavet ORCID: 0000-0001-6229-9472
Publisher: Intellect
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology
Faculties > Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology > Design & Photography
Date: 1 April 2014
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 65-76
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of Photography
Volume: 5
Number: 1
Language: English
ISSN: 2040-3682
Status: Published / Disseminated
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