International Photography(ism) / 国际摄影(主义)

Jean Baudrillard (in Simulacra and Simulation):"...This as the suggestion of the anthropologists themselves, who were seeing the indigenous people disintegrate immediately upon contact, like mummies in the open air." Here, Baudrillard is comparing the destructive action of anthropologists to the primitive cultures (those that are not in direct contact with the modern ones), to the destructive oxidation of mummies by open air. Cultures outside of western parameter is the same under globalization, whereas colonization and destruction happens remotely and subconsciously.

In every language, "photography" means different things. In most Latin-based languages, "photography" means "drawing with light"; in Chinese, "摄影" means "capturing the shadow/light“; in Korean and Japanese, "사진술" and "写真" mean "writing of the real". Such distinguishments not only reveal the history of photography in each culture, but also a larger sense of how the philosophy of photography is proposed in various ways. 

Here in this ongoing project, we extended the work Photography, and try to propose questions about the intricacies about photography and the world. The questions might change, decrease or increase as the project going, but the most essential part is to think about photography, culture and society globally and philosophically.

  1. How does the meaning of photography unfold in various cultures? 
  2. How does photography marginalize "other" cultures as being a proxy of Eurocentric ideologies? 
  3. How does photography generate and lose meanings in the process of producing the landscape of knowledge and ideologies?
  4. Is there even photography in our world now (ontologically)?




  1.  “photography”这个词如何在不同的语言(文化)中展开的?
  2. 以摄影为例的西方文明产物,是如何“殖民”到其他语言(文化)中并获得其合法性的?
  3. 摄影在知识图景与意识形态的塑造中的是如何生效和失效的?又是如何参与到西方文明的中心化(其他文明的边缘化)过程中的?
  4. 本体论意义上的摄影是否还存在?
国际摄影 01
  • English version (US)

  • Chinese Version (Mainland China)