Public History e fotografia: una sfida complessa

Giovanni Fiorentino

Abstract


Public History is generated by interactions with the public, while photography implies a relationship with the gaze of the other. This similarity raises important methodological questions for the public historian, regarding the indexical and the narrative aspects of the medium. This essay offers a meditation on the status of photography as a primary source in the current digital turn. In the first part, taking the perspective of visual culture, I propose the notion of critical iconology as a basic instrument for the public historian. In the second part, I refer to Walter Benjamin’s radical thinking to discuss the notion of visual montage as a tool of conceptual narration and deconstruction. In the final section I discuss the experience of the Società Italiana per lo Studio della Fotografia (SISF), whose models, methods, and practices can be seen in dialogue to Public History’s goal and strategies.


Keywords


Critical Iconology; Historiography; Società Italiana per lo Studio della Fotografia

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14601/RSF-21200



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