File:Bourdieu Pierre Photography A Middle-brow (file size: MB, MIME. PHOTOGRAPHY: A MIDDLE-BROW ART accompany most art historical studies of photography. be Bourdieu’s intention in this work to question the very . But Bourdieu and his associates show that few cultural activities are more structured and systematic than the social uses of this ordinary art. This perceptive and.

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Moreover, moral condemnation may look like qrt sceptic- ism of the technical man and the man of experience; the enterprise will be sanctioned by the things themselves. Consequently, it looks like the renunciation of the parvenu. In his explanation of the different approaches classes take towards photographic practice, Bourdieu names a ‘barbarous taste’ that bases appreciation on informative, tangible or moral interest, most strongly rejecting images of the ‘meaningless’. As Pierre Francastel observes: Well, the interesting thing here is that these people tend to be people without families — more specifically, adolescent males.

Statistics can objectively establish the system of life-chances objec- tively attached to particular social categories, whether these are the chances of attaining permanent employment in the case of an unqualified and uneducated Algerian sub-proletarian, or the chances of entering a faculty of medicine or law in the case of a manual worker’s daughter.

It is for this reason that film-making, more completely even than photography, is given over to family functions: What you have to be able to do is sacrifice a film to get a result and I’d rather get a photograph right first time so as not to waste the money.

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He knows how to behave’, says the wife of a senior executive, who explains his abstention as follows: One can thus seek to own a quality camera without being concerned about the qualities of that camera. Moreover, by the very fact that it is constituted with reference to the particularity of the situation, the awareness of impossibihty and of prohibition is accompanied by the recognition of the conditional character of that impossibility and that prohibition, that is, by the awareness of the conditions that would have to be met in order to remove them.

And in fact, as we have seen, cultural goodwill can be asserted in statements particu- larly among the middle classes without finally being embodied in actual behaviour. Since it has not been properly socially consecrated, photography can only be granted value at the whim of each viewer, who, because he likes it and not because it is imposed by cultural propriety, may decide to promote it, as if in a game and in the space of a moment, to the status of an art object.

His work emphasized the role of practice and embodiment or forms in social dynamics and worldview construction, often in opposition to universalized Western philosophical traditions. More generally, higher-income categories include a large prop- ortion of subjects who, although they do not take photographs, express the wish to do so and often explain their abstention with reference to the lack of a camera; and the proportion of those who do not take photographs either because they have no camera or because of the expensiveness of the practice, remains constant independent of income, because higher demands are expressed in the behaviour of the practitioners as well as in the reasons invoked 44 Part I upon by non-practitioners to justify their abstention; in fact, the refusal to take photographs in the absence of those means which are considered indispensable for the satisfaction of the demands of the practice which is held to be suitable according to reasoning based on ‘there’s no point thinking about’ attests that the photo- graphic practice of each group is organized with reference to a norm which defines its intensity, quality and meaning.


Photography: A Middle-Brow Art

Peasants are always prompted to see this as the expression of a desire for distinction, for singularity, a desire zrt impress or humiliate others. The occasion of the journey honeymoon solem- nizes the places travelled through, and the most solemn among them solemnize the occasion of the journey.

I’ve never been attracted by photography. Everyone rushes over, everyone’s amazed, they rediscover themselves, as babies and teenagers.

Alireza Malekian rated it it was amazing Oct 12, Of course, when you’re young you swap photographs; after you’re twenty-five your ideas change, you have other things to worry about. While most of these clubs recruit most of their members from those social categories most drawn to photography that is, chiefly the middle classes and in particular their lower fringethere is no doubt that oburdieu devotees find encouragement for their enthusiasm in their social millieu; in fact, they seek above all to show that they would not be satisfied with too ordinary an enthusiasm.

I won’t have anything to do with traditional photographs with individuals posed alone or in a group at the foot of the Parthenon. The sexual division of labour gives the wife the responsibility of maintaining relations with the members of the group who live a long way away, and first and foremost with her own family. Still, if you are going to aft this skip ahead a little way until he starts talking about weddings. It follows that senior executives in Paris, who, as we know, play a greater part in cultural activities, practise photography much less often than senior executives in Lille.

It’s all right for holiday-makers. His argument is put forward by an original combination of social theory and data from surveys, photographs and interviews, in an photogralhy to reconcile difficulties such as how to understand the subject within objective structures.


Bourdieu’s writing as that of his colleagues is intricate, complex, and intellectually rewarding.

The same ambiguities and the same contradictions reappear, but in a more marked and more manifest way, among junior execu- tives. In fact, irony, mockery and gossip have the func- tion of calling to order – to conformity and uniformity – the presumptuous person or braggart, who, through his innovative behaviour, appears to be lecturing or challenging the entire com- munity. Paco rated it really liked it Dec 09, The world is out there — you stick a camera in front of the world and press down on a little button and, well, no matter who does the pressing you get pretty much the same photograph.

The free play of differentiation which the village community always seeks to thwart or control finds free expression in urban society. Through this one may see that any relationship with a commodity, of whatever kind, always includes a veiled reference to the concrete particularity of the objective situation which immediately qualifies it as accessible or inaccessible.

One might even wonder whether, in the case of photography, implicit reference to the modal practice does not constitute the first principle of dedication; without a tradition communicable in the form of a body of knowledge and rules, without a dogma and a liturgy which would contribute to the definition of a hierarchy of practices ranging from episodic observance to assiduous dedication, it is only by reference to the modal practice that individual practice can be defined and reg- ulated.

An art which imitates art Thus it is commonly agreed that photography can be seen as the model of veracity and objectivity: Apart from the absence of a language and established norms, which makes the task particularly difficult, the aesthetic intention, which is only ever one 70 Part I of the forms of the pursuit of differentiation or ‘distinction’, is only, definitively manifested in refusals, and is fulfilled just as thoroughly in a practice that is anxious to break with common laxity as it is in pure and simple abstention.

The translation is based on a text which was slightly modified by Pierre Bourdieu for the Italian edition of the work. I mean, just being on holiday The originality of the attitude of junior executives is more easily assessed once we know that the practice of photography is less common among senior executives, although they have a higher income and their life-style provides them with a large number and variety of opportunities for taking photographs.

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