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Accelerated ruins

Morrell, Amish (2009) Accelerated ruins. Ciel Variable (81). pp. 14-21. ISSN 1711-7682

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Discusses the Canadian photographer Greg Girard's photographic book 'Phantom Shanghai' (2007; col. illus) depicting the contrasts between the old and the new in the cityscape of Shaghai, China. The author describes how economic development has led to the large-scale demolition of old buildings and neighbourhoods to make way for modernist architecture and districts. He considers Girard's documentation of this transition and the conflicting imagery, value systems and lifestyles represented, describing his use of juxtaposition as a strategy to depict the passage of time through the medium of photography, with reference to the ideas of the theorists Gilles Deleuze and Walter Benjamin. He comments on Girard's use of light to evoke aura and compares his work to the photographs taken by the French photographer Eugène Atget of Paris during the early 20th century.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Visual & Critical Studies
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2016 21:04
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2021 08:41
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/904

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