Imagining the Image: Photography, psychoanalysis and the affects of latency

Cassar, Ignaz. 2012. Imagining the Image: Photography, psychoanalysis and the affects of latency. Photographies, 5(1), pp. 33-50. ISSN 1754-0763 [Article]

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This essay brings together the figure of the photographer with that of the psychoanalyst by tracing their work with and through latency. Both photographer and psychoanalyst expose something latent in their work: the photographer through dealing with images that are yet to be revealed; the analyst through dealing with signs that are yet to be brought into a relief of signification. Appearing in either field, the latent finds its conceptual bearings in different contexts and by different means. This essay contends that latency forms a transdisciplinary modality, running across fields that stage its effects in dissimilar ways. By stepping outside the need to establish something analogous in latency's operation across the fields of photography and psychoanalysis, we discover what is proper to photography: the play of certainty and doubt around the production of images.

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