Notes on Photography and Cultural Translation

Soutter, L. 2018. Notes on Photography and Cultural Translation. Photographies. 11 (2-3), pp. 329-338. doi:10.1080/17540763.2018.1445018

TitleNotes on Photography and Cultural Translation
TypeJournal article
AuthorsSoutter, L.
Abstract

The essay explores issues in the cultural translation of photographic images and ideas, particularly between East and West. Audiences and institutions continue to fall prey to the persistent notion that photography should demonstrate aspects of national identity. This foregrounding of cultural difference inhibits more layered interpretations. The work of cultural translation involves the movement of subjects rather than objects, with dialogue and personal experience essential to understanding. Drawing on the author’s experience working in China, the essay looks to Homi K. Bhabha, Jacques Rancière and 1960s critical pedagogy for constructive terms to shift the perspective of photographic education.

Keywordscultural translation
photographic education
critical pedagogy
JournalPhotographies
Journal citation11 (2-3), pp. 329-338
ISSN1754-0763
Year2018
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/17540763.2018.1445018
Publication dates
Published02 Sep 2018
Published online19 Jul 2018

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