Pandora’s Camera

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This book is on the essential reading list for the DIC course.  I have been gradually working my way through it whilst completing the course exercises.

Each essay in Fontcuberta’s collections, addresses the issues surrounding the recent technological shift within the field of photography.  As he states in his introduction:

“As Pandora’s camera, digital technology spells calamity to some and liberation to others.  It is blamed for irretrievably discrediting veracity, but the fact is that at the same time it introduces a new degree of truth.”

I was a little surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.  It had the potential to be quite a dry series of essays, but in reality, Fontuberta’s writing style is so playful and engaging that it gives life to his ideas.  The essays are both compelling and informative, and in the end, I feel like I got quite a lot from this book.

Fontcuberta, J. (2014) Pandora’s Camera. MACK: Barcelona