Review of: Denis Cosgrove and William L. Fox, Photography and Flight. London, Reaktion Books, 2010

Gough, P. (2010) Review of: Denis Cosgrove and William L. Fox, Photography and Flight. London, Reaktion Books, 2010. Journal of Historical Geography, 36 (4). pp. 494-495. ISSN 0305-7488

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhg.2010.08.008

Abstract

The permissive explorations of such photographic artists as David Maisel, Michael Light, and Laura Kurgen conclude this study. Following in the aerial footsteps of Ruscha, Maisel takes photo- graphs of the Los Angeles topography from 10,000 feet, reversing its opalescent light by printing his images in negative so that the pale sky becomes ominously black, buildings appear white e ‘hollowed out as if by bombs’ (p. 134) e and the freeways become winding arteries, lending an overall impression of apocalypse summarized in the title of Maisel’s series Oblivion. As Cosgrove and Fox point out, their ‘sunshine and noir’ iconography pays no homage to the convention of mapping. They refuse to offer conciliatory means of orientation. Instead they decouple us from the familiar and force us to approach the urban on new, if uncannily familiar, terms.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cosgrove, geography, photography, flight
ID Code:13678
Deposited By: Dr P. Gough
Deposited On:27 Jan 2011 16:06
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