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Photography and the Non-Place

The Cultural Erasure of the City

Authors: Brogden, Jim

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  • Constitutes the first book to critically investigate the notion of “non-place,” using of the author’s own urban landscape photography, as well as examples from world famous photographers
  • Posits non-place as a provocative palimpsest, from which a diverse range of imaginative interdisciplinary discourses can emerge
  • Branches into several subject areas, such as landscape studies, urban studies, fine art practice, auto-ethnography and architecture
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About this book

This book presents a critical and aesthetic defence of “non-place” as an act of cultural reclamation. Through the restorative properties of photography, it re-conceptualises the cultural significance of non-place. The non-place is often referred to as “wasteland”, and is usually avoided. The sites investigated in this book are located where access and ownership are often ambiguous or in dispute; they are places of cultural forgetting. Drawing on the author’s own photographic research-led practice, as well as material from photographers such as Ed Ruscha, Joel Sternfeld and Richard Misrach, this study employs a deliberately allusive intertexuality to offer a unique insight into the contested notions surrounding landscape representation. Ultimately, it argues that the non-place has the potential to reveal a version of England that raises questions about identity, loss, memory, landscape valorisation, and, perhaps most importantly, how we are to arrive at a more meaningful place. 

About the authors

Jim Brogden is Lecturer in Visual Communication Culture and MA Programme Leader for Film, Photography and Media at the University of Leeds, UK. 

Reviews

“Hauntingly beautiful and powerfully resonant in its twin pursuit of photographing and theorizing the repressed ‘non-places’ left in the wake of late capitalism's re-ordering of urban life, Brogden's book insists on the camera's capacity for uncovering overlooked facets of reality and thus for critiquing the ideology of progress that exiles working-class life in particular, from collective memory.” (Ulrich Baer, New York University, USA)

“In Brogden’s hands, photography becomes the deposit that attention pays to the forlorn and untended wastelands of the city. Eschewing the modernist’s romance with the marginal, he embraces the critical historian’s eye for the forgotten and untold. This is essential reading and viewing for anyone interested in a political poetics of space.” (Ben Highmore, University of Sussex, UK)

“Jim Brogden successfully weaves his impassioned lens on visual culture with his research-led practice, offering us an original and provocative haunting of the city. He powerfully exposes the contradictory forms—present yet absent—of place to reveal contested and forgotten histories of people, work, culture and conflict. For Brogden, place is filled with both the melancholia of loss and the optimism of renewal.” (Andrew Hoskins, University of Glasgow, Scotland)

“Through these beautiful and challenging images, Brogden explores and interprets the debris of industrial decay or pockets of regeneration as seen through an unchecked wilderness of new plant growth. Brogden examines urban landscape as a site of metaphor and metonym.” (Roger Palmer, University of Leeds, UK)

“Brogden has a great ability to address the important and meaningful nuances and details in non-sites in a way which is not nostalgic or didactic. He makes us aware of the alternative ways of seeing and being, of relating and reflecting.” (Mika Hannula, University of Gothenburg, Sweden)

“I really think that this work is an important commentary on place and late capitalism.” (Mark Lagory, University of Alabama, USA)


 

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook £43.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-03919-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £54.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-03918-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Photography and the Non-Place
Book Subtitle
The Cultural Erasure of the City
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-03919-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-03919-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-03918-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 218
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations, 28 illustrations in colour
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