The Studio Photograph as a Conceptual Framework

The Studio Photograph as a Conceptual Framework

Example of the “ready-made” images into which, the head of the customer is added to the pre-assembled image.

In her essay, Caroline’s draws from her PhD thesis that looks the visual habitus of transcultural photography. She concentrates her writing on the genre of studio photography, specifically early English studio photography and argues that the conceptual framework established in early photographic studio practices still has its legacy in contemporary digital photographic studio practices. To illustrate this argument, she draws from a contemporary case-study in her local, digital photographic studio in North London and discusses a selection of photographs in relation to early photographic studio practices. She suggests that rather than a radical break caused by digital technologies, digital photography has opened up imaginative ways in which to make studio portraits that blur boundaries between the real and symbolic.

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The studio portrait is no longer limited by the physical space of the studio. The digital infrastructure enables the likeness to be completed and given meaning in the computer.
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