File:Bourdieu Pierre Photography A Middle-brow (file size: MB, MIME. PHOTOGRAPHY: A MIDDLE-BROW ART accompany most art historical studies of photography. be Bourdieu’s intention in this work to question the very . But Bourdieu and his associates show that few cultural activities are more structured and systematic than the social uses of this ordinary art. This perceptive and.

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You can know everything there is to know about the transition from classical to romantic music say, or the various forms of church chanting that early serious music developed out of. Previously, photographs were taken chiefly of adults, secondarily of family groups bringing together parents and children, and only exceptionally of children on their own. Starting from these presuppositions, one could thus describe the ‘motivations’ behind photographic activity as follows: The illustration of the second type, a photograph taken during a stay by B.

Small-format fanatics substitute the laborious asceticism of acquisition expressed in the verb ‘to do’ as in ‘to do Italy’ for the art of abandoning oneself to contemplation, and the anxious accumulation of souvenirs of traces and demonstrations of ‘doing’, for the detachment of the aestheticism achieved by direct emotion.

To give you an example, I might take a picture of a chair that says something to me because it has a leg missing, and yet it’s nothing at all. Occasions for the practice and occasional practice. On my chest-of-drawers, little frames with photo- graphs arranged so that you can see them.

Once again, this reveals the fact that the meaning and the role middlf photography are a function of the social meaning of the feast: By its very existence, sociology presupposes the overcoming of the false opposition arbitrarily erected by subjectivists and objec- tivists.

The same fundamental intention is probably expressed by banishing from scientific study certain objects held to be meaning- less, and excluding from it, under boureieu guise of objectivity, the experience of those who work in it and those who are its object.

MerryMeerkat rated it it was amazing Jan 06, Thus it is natural that photography should be the object of a reading that may be called sociological, and that it should never be considered in bourdeiu for itself, in terms of its technical or aesthetic quahties.

Given that the social norm defines both what must and what may be photographed, the field of the photographable cannot extend indefinitely, and the practice carmot survive the disappearance of the occasions for taking photographs.

A methodical inspection and a prolonged observation are conducted, in terms of the very logic that domin- ates the knowledge of other people in everyday Hfe: Aesthetic reminiscence and social status.

The three moments of the scientific process are therefore inseparable: Attempting to overcome a falsely rigorous objectivism by trying to grasp the systems of relationships concealed behind precon- structed totalities is quite phltography opposite of succumbing to the seductions of intuitionism, which, conjuring up the blinding evidence of false familiarity, in the individual case merely trans- figure everyday banalities about photogrsphy, eroticism and death into false essentialist analyses.


According to the logic of affirmation by opposition, the working classes of large cities play the part of a fixed term of reference, or, rather, of a foil, which is understandable since photography, unlike noble cultural practices, seems to be univer- sally accessible. To take photographs of one’s children is to become the historiographer of their childhoods and to prepare as an heirloom for them the image of what they used to be.

He knows how to behave’, says the wife of a senior executive, who explains his abstention as follows: No trivia or quizzes yet.

But we should be careful not to exaggerate this opposition: He wouldn’t want to have anything to do photlgraphy it. Other editions – View all Photography: Polity Press- Photography – pages. Page 44 In fact, photographic practice is distinguished both from practices which are expensive but require no intellectual training such as tourism and practices which are economically accessible but only to those who have had the necessary training such as going to museums.

Photography: A Middle-Brow Art

My judgment constantly intervenes to prevent me from taking simple tourist photographs. The chances may not be high, but they are high enough to tantalize. The photographer is considered to know his job and no-one else has any point of comparison. It goes down nicely.

It is most definitely illumina Quite an interesting book that makes you face the facts – but that’s exactly the problem it presents: Page 47 …the members of the upper classes are shown to be both more predisposed than others to grant photography aesthetic value as such, and less inclined to accord it value as an activity.

This can be seen in the attitude of the countryfolk towards ‘holiday- makers’, that is, people born in the village who return to spend their hohdays there. In fact, the connection is strictly negative, since dedicated practice, the negation of ordinary practice, is favoured negatively once the pressure of the family function eases, and vice versa. Page 41 The chosen and deliberate refusal of photography reaches a peak among the most senior executives and professionals, as well as among craftsmen and shopkeepers, while, on the other hand, the intention to take photographs is particularly strong among manual workers, junior executives and, especially, clerical workers.

In the case of the wedding, the picture that captures for eternity the group that has been brought together, or rather the bringing together of two groups, is necessarily implied within a ritual whose function is to consecrate, that is, to sanction and to sanctify the union of two groups effected through the photigraphy of two individuals. Calling upon past experience and using everyone else as witnesses, peasants will seek to deny that the brpw intro- mjddle responds to any real need.

Well, the interesting thing here is that these people tend to be people without families — more specifically, adolescent males. It emerges quite clearly in this conversation between two inhabitants of the bourg of Lesquire, which should be followed according to the constant alternations between the pure and simple invocation of the social norm, which is both arbitrary and uncompromising, and reliance on explanation through secondary causes or reasons, contradicted by real be- haviour see figure l.


Brad rated it liked it Jun 29, Aesthetic reminiscence and social status Forced by the uncertainty of the photographic image to demand that aesthetic traditions should define a hierarchy of valorized objects, aesthetes are primarily characterized by their relationship to the groups which establish those traditions. The same reasons explain why it is that photographic practice can experience such a wide diffusion in the absence of any institu- tionalized incentive or training, why it so rarely fulfils a properly aesthetic intention, and why properly artistic ambition is encoun- tered particularly among those individuals or social categories most thoroughly freed from traditional functions.

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Almost always assuming social functions, conscious or unconscious, and intimately involved in family life, its values and rhythms, its reasons and its raison d’etre are borrowed from elsewhere.

A panel of pretty postcards land- scapes, boats, the Place de France in Casablanca, the broa in Algeria, Spain, Greece [.

This makes a huge difference. Nourdieu Camera Club as a Secondary Group Robert Castel and Dominique Schnapper While all the members of a camera club may share their desire to break with the current usages of photography, they do midle all provide the same justification for their new practice. A photograph on either side of a bouquet of flowers. Published March 1st by Stanford University Press first published The wedding photograph was accepted so quickly and generally only because it met the social conditions of its existence: It would mean not paying your dues.

Bourdieu and srt associates examine the socially differentiated forms of photographic practice by drawing on the results of surveys and interviews and by analyzing the attitudes and characteristics of both amateur and professional photographers. She works out how the couples came about; she analyzes and compares the sphere of social connections of each of the two families; she remarks on absences, which indicate quarrels, and on presences, which do the family an honour.

The task of this sociology is to construct the atr of relationships which will encompass both the objective meaning of organized actions according to measur- able bourdiwu and the particular relationships that subjects have to the objective conditions of their existence and to the objective meaning of their behaviour, the meaning which possesses them because they are dispossessed of it.