Blakemore, Duncan
  • Blakemore, Duncan
Sometimes I get tired of the current fashion for thinking about photography rather than looking at it. Amy Blakemore's work at SAM makes me look.

Here's what I wrote about it in this week's paper:

The field [of photography] is already teeming, for example, with the following: crystal-clear prints the size of cars. Pictures made of hundreds of images painstakingly compiled into one. Authoritative pictures, decisive pictures. Instant-icon pictures. Photographs made to look like paintings or act like sculptures. Picture-concepts, which are graphs rather than photographs. Photographs having an identity crisis and acting out by being antiquey, or high-techy, or overly ugly, or overly pretty.

In actual fact, it is hard enough to take just one photograph that's imperfect and alive in all the right ways.