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Title: Under cover of darkness : photography, territory and the city
Author: Jordan , Fergus
Awarding Body: University of Ulster
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2012
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The explosive growth of the electric streetlight across cities in Europe and America at the beginning of the 20th century signified an immense social, cultural and technological leap forward for the Westernised World. With the emergence of 24-hour society photographers turned their attention to the skyline, recording the evolution of these new social spaces. This research study tracks the growth of 20th century nocturnal landscape through examining photographic data that developed with the emergence of this new territory . Primary visual analysis indentifies a persistent visual rhetoric in the representation of the city at night. Regardless of location, social 'otherness' and spectacle created by light are the dominant visual themes. In response the research begins its primary line of questioning. seeking to define the specificity of night. Using Northern Ireland as a case study. the research interrogates the relationships between night and place. Through closely reviewing photographic work created in Northern Ireland from the 1960s onwards the research clearly situates a number of unique visual disco~rses that have emerged throughout the documentation of 'the troubles' . This line of questioning is extended and interpreted through practical fieldwork methods. Photographing in the field is employed as a form of questioning and data testing. applying and scrutinising the approaches practitioners developed over the course of fifty years of documenting Northern Ireland at night. By situating and examining the concept of the specificity of night in Northern Ireland the research seeks to distinguish the relationships and patterns that have manifested between night and place as a result of intensive photographic investigations.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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