The Appropriation of the History of Photography on Vinyl Record Covers (70783)

Session Information: Architecture and Urban Studies
Session Chair: Sofia Quiroga Fernandez

Saturday, 20 May 2023 11:25
Session: Session 2
Room: Room 707
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

By identifying the presence of a substantial number of appropriated images from the History of Photography on record covers of Pop Music (which exceeds 1000 units), in this research I propose to look closely the principles of photographic circulation that have been left out of common distribution networks, namely in museums, archives or publications. From this uncovered relationship, I’ll argue that this thinking intersects with the reproducibility theory proposed by Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), but also with the dissemination of the artistic object announced by André Malraux (1901-1976) in the formulation of his "Le Musée Imaginaire". This subject has been the focus of my academic work, which has expanded to a collection accessible through this website: The criterion of this collection is to gather photographs that belong to widely recognized authors, but admitting alternative and complementary narratives that encourage the construction of more plural discourses, for example, the discovery of photographers from more peripheral geographic locations. As the collection expands, it becomes equally challenging to identify correspondences between photographic typologies and musical genres. The most obvious example of this intersection is the reproduction, on the covers of Blues records, photographs taken by the Farm Security Administration. Finally, this collection does not only aim to identify the primordial photographs, it is intended, from an object not designed for this specific purpose, to activate the relationship with photographic practice, admitting variations in the level of uncertainty of how to read, interpret and construct the history of photography.

José Carneiro, University of Porto, Portugal

About the Presenter(s)
José Carneiro is a Professor at the University of Porto in Portugal.

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