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The Aesthetics of Photographic Production: Why Material Practices Matter (last edited: 2024)

Andrea Jaeger
Andrea Jaeger

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I am a photographic artist, and my research focuses on exploring the multi-sensorial and immaterial aspects of photographic practice through a practice-based approach. With this research project, I am contributing to an understanding of photographic practice that attends to aural and tactile senses as well as more-than-human agency in the making of practices to expand the discourse on photographic practice beyond traditional approaches that primarily focus on the reading of photographs. Supported by an AHRC-funded PhD grant, I studied the making of practices in various photographic production sites, including laboratories such as Bayeux London, and manufacturing plants like FujiFilm, Polaroid, and Hahnemühle. The fieldwork identified three specific photographic practices—tensioning, fogging, and tearing photosensitive paper— which were explored through artistic research methodologies. By combining fieldwork and artistic research in a bricolage approach, the study demonstrates how these practices make aesthetic sense beyond the photograph as centre. The research outcomes, including a written thesis, artworks, and artifacts presented on the 'Research Catalogue' platform, highlight the role of non-visual senses and non-human agency in the making of photographic practices. In this research, I challenge the commonly held belief that understanding what photography is, is synonymous with understanding what a photograph is (Squiers, 2014). This prevailing notion assumes that the photograph is always already produced and readily available for theoretical discussions focused on reading their meaning rather than attending to their making (Wells, 2015, p. 29). This research shifts attention to processes of making in real-world-settings of the photographic production sites, aiming to contribute to a broader understanding of photographic practice beyond the traditional confines of the photograph and the photographer as reference points. Instead of solely relying on individual approaches and the analysis of photographic works, this study shows the importance of aesthetic otherness, such as the sounds of tearing, which arise once the focus extends beyond the photograph. By activating aural and tactile senses and attending to the agency of the non-human, this research unveils the significance of more-than-visual senses and more-than-human agency in the making of photographic practice. The impact this research makes on the photographic discourse is to demonstrate how more-than-visual senses and more-than-human agency matter in the making of practices. It argues that to understand photography, one must engage with aesthetic otherness made in photographic practices, transcending the photograph as the central element.
typeresearch exposition
keywordsPosthuman performativity, aesthetic experience, production process, photographic practice, beyond representation, post-photography, material Imagination, material engagement, production aesthetics, PHOTOGRAPHY, photographic methods, photograph, photosculpture, photogrammetry, photographic thinking
date17/07/2023
last modified26/01/2024
statusin progress
share statuspublic
affiliationNottingham Tent University
copyrightAndrea Jaeger
licenseAll rights reserved
languageEnglish
urlhttps://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/603276/1037279
external linkhttps://andreajaeger.art/home.html


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776125 JAEGER_Project outline_2016 Andrea Jaeger All rights reserved
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776137 -The other surprise-- Bayeux London- 26 September 2019- Field note Andrea Jaeger All rights reserved
776143 Bayeux London- 17 September 2019- Field note- What have you learned today- Andrea Jaeger All rights reserved
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1037301 Let's go tensioning Andrea Jaeger All rights reserved
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1312632 JAEGER_without a place in mind Andrea Jaeger All rights reserved
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1312639 JAEGER_veins of wood on paper Andrea Jaeger All rights reserved
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