Living With His Camera.
Text by Jane Gallop. Photographs by Dick Blau.
Duke University Press, Durham, 2003. 208 pp., 27 black-and-white illustrations, 7¼x9¼".
Photography is usually written about from the point of view of either the photographer or the viewer. Living with His Camera offers a perspective rarely represented-that of the photographed subject. Dick Blau has been making art photographs of the people he lives with for more than thirty years; cultural theorist Jane Gallop has been living with him-and his camera-for twenty years.
Living with His Camera is Gallop's nuanced meditation on photography and the place it has in her private life and in her family. A reflection on family, it attempts-like Blau's photographs themselves-to portray the realities of family life beyond the pieties of conventional representations. Living with His Camera is about some of the most pressing issues of visuality and some of the most basic issues of daily life.
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