Méaux, Danièle: "Duane Michals’ real dreams. The treatment of narrative and time." In: History of Photography 19.4 (1995), S. 278–282.
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BibTeX citation key: 1995
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Keywords: Photo comics, Popular culture, Randformen des Comics
Collection: History of Photography
The roman-photo, a kitsch, devitalized genre, is at the opposite end of the spectrum to the more experimental, analytical genre of the photo narrative. While the former targets a huge popular audience – like pop music or commercial cinema – the latter is intended for a select circle of intellectuals interested in fringe movements and the creative impact of mass-market publications on art. On the one hand, there is the roman-photo, a medium for outmoded mythology, trapped within a fixed framework and, on the other, there is the slick, self-referential experimental photo narrative, which systematically explores the genre’s specificity and encourages the reader to play an active role in the formulation of meaning. Bringing about a genuine renewal of the photo story, however, is by no means an easy task: merely throwing oneself into a scholarly critique of the genre could lead to a dead end, while a continually ironic treatment, serving as a reference to the forms adopted by the romance photo story, represents an inherently flirtatious approach as opposed to a serious attempt to create a new future for the genre.
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