Reconfiguring the past through the photographic image

Ramsay, S 2010, Reconfiguring the past through the photographic image, Masters by Research, Media and Communication, RMIT University.


Document type: Thesis
Collection: Theses

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Title Reconfiguring the past through the photographic image
Author(s) Ramsay, S
Year 2010
Abstract This research project examines the photographic image and how the medium of photography identifies with the themes of memory, place and past. Ideas have been drawn from theorists and philosophers such as Wright Morris, Geoffrey Batchen, Martha Langford, Jeff Malpas and Marcel Proust.

A series of photographic images has been created by exploring these themes: the body of work references traumatic memories from my childhood and adolescence. The Photographic work stems from autobiographical memories and dreams, incorporating the idea of recurring nightmares and possible repressed memories. The artwork develops a narrative of personal memories. The artwork develops a narrative of personal memories which are supported by theoretical ideas surrounding the photographic image and its connection with memory.

Contributions by photographic artists working with the themes of memory, identity and childhood fears are examined, as the works of Diana Thorneycroft, Samantha Everton and Francesca Woodman are discussed with relevance to
this investigation.

The outcomes of the project are a body of artwork which examines the connection between autobiographical memory and photography, and a written exegesis which identifies ideas from theoretical aspects relating to the project.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Media and Communication
Keyword(s) Memory
Place
Photography
Memorial
Contemporary Art
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