The domestic interior and the self in contemporary photography

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By carefully conceptualising the domestic in relation to the self and the photographic, this book offers a unique contribution to both photography theory and criticism, and life-narrative studies. Jane Simon brings together two critical practices into a new conversation, arguing that artists who harness domestic photography can advance a more expansive understanding of the autobiographical.

Exploring the idea that self-representation need not equate to self-portraiture or involve the human form, artists from around the globe are examined, including Rinko Kawauchi, Catherine Opie, Dayanita Singh, Moyra Davey, and Elina Brotherus, who maintain a personal gaze at domestic detail. By treating the representation of interiors, domestic objects, and the very practice of photographic seeing and framing as autobiographical gestures, this book reframes the relationship between interiors and exteriors, public and private, and insists on the importance of domestic interiors to understandings of the self and photography.

The book will be of interest to scholars working in photographic history and theory, art history, and visual studies.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York ; London
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages171
ISBN (Electronic)9781003089148, 9781000954319
ISBN (Print)9780367543402, 9780367544058
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Publication series

NameRoutledge History of Photography


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