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Photo-textsContemporary French Writing of the Photographic Image$
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Andrew Stafford

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310522

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316128

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Conclusion: Silence, Orality, History

Conclusion: Silence, Orality, History

(p.182) Conclusion: Silence, Orality, History
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This book has explored the contemporary photo-text in French as well as the different modes of interaction between image-maker and text-writer. From collaborative to retrospective and, finally, self-collaborative photo-texts, it has showcased the ways in which writers and photographers worked together to produce remarkable works, and has also considered essayism as the main element in its definition of the photo-text, whereby language is appended to photographic image. This essayistic appendage of language to photographic image must recognise, implicitly or explicitly, and then act upon, the provisional ‘meaning’ of a photograph at any one time. This radical provisionality is specific to the photo-text and an important element of photography's fictionality. The book has also discussed three dimensions of the photo-text: orality, visuality, and textuality (writing).

Keywords:   photo-texts, writers, photographers, language, photography, orality, visuality, textuality, essayism, photographic image

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