The Latent Image

Cubitt, Sean. 2011. The Latent Image. The International Journal of The Image, 1(2), pp. 27-38. [Article]

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How can we describe a moving image, composed of thousands of successive images, as “an” image? I want to explore the possibility that the coherence of the image is premised on latency. A latent image is one which is captured in photographic film prior to development. It is by nature invisible. Similarly invisible latent states structure lenses, aperture ratios, compositing, grading and edits. Looking at the codec wars currently breaking out in preparation for HTML5, this talk investigates the relationships between the aesthetics and political economy of the image in the 21st century.

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


April 2011Published

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19 Oct 2015 09:51

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27 Jun 2017 13:53


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