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Title: Photography & rephotography : repetition and places in time
Author: Moore, Peter R.
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2016
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Little research has been undertaken into the rapidly expanding genre of rephotography, where many developments have taken place in response to advancing technology. This thesis is practice-based and incorporates long-term fieldwork in Scotland. The primary rephotographic projects undertaken by practitioners in North America are reviewed and their innovative presentation of material to interpret changes to space and place through time, are assessed and analysed. This study considers the application of some of these practices in a Scottish context. The research sets out to collate and explore repetition through the construction of visual narratives and to better understand the representation of change in people and places over time. The narratives unintentionally formed when places are photographed and rephotographed by multiple practitioners are considered along with the establishment and consequences of iconicity. In a Scottish context, the research identifies three major sources of photographs: the closely aligned nineteenth century tourism-generated catalogues of George Washington Wilson and Valentines of Dundee and the Catalogue of the Countryside of Scotland created by Robert Moyes Adam. The overall picture that emerges from the research is one of opportunity with increasing democratic application, improved accuracy and greater ability to present and share results. Rephotography is known to be a powerful tool for the discernment and measurement of visible change and suggests avenues that might inform the interpretation and utility of repeated images. This research provides an overview from which limitations can be assessed or innovative application devised. While comparative monitoring may remain a primary application, projects – some sentimental and reflective - that explore personal experience, memory and loss can be explored with rephotography.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Winston Churchill Memorial Trust ; Scottish Natural Heritage
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Photography ; Repeat photography ; Space and time