Color and the punctum

I spend so much time thinking about how visual representation can influence and indeed create the present that I lose sight of how incredibly illuminating realist-media can be.

Pre-War color photography shames my miserly critiques.

Each one of these images has a punctum sharper than the last.

“A photograph’s punctum is that accident [of photographic detail] which pricks me (but also bruises me, is poignant to me) … I now know that there exists another punctum (another ‘stigmatum’) than the ‘detail.’ This new punctum, which is no longer of form but of intensity, is Time, the lacerating emphasis of the noeme (‘that-has-been‘), its pure representation.”

-Barthes, Camera Lucida

Click the images below for the Denver Post’s photography blog.

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943

Captured: Color Photography from Russia in the Early 1900’s

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