Light and Photomedia proposes that, regardless of technological change, the history and future of photomedia is essentially connected to light. It is a fundamental property of photomedia, binding with space and time to form and inform new, explicitly light-based structures and experiences. Jai McKenzie identifies light-space-time structures throughout the history of photomedia, from the early image machines through analogue and digital image machines to the present day. She proposes that they will continue to develop in the future and takes us to future image machines of the year 2039. With the use of the theories of Paul Virilio, Jean Baudrillard and Vilem Flusser, featuring artists including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Nam June Paik, Yves Klein, Eadweard Muybridge, Martha Rosler, Cindy Sherman and Michael Snow, as well as their photographic images, Light and Photomedia places the reader in a new history and future which, although mostly overlooked by the canon of photomedia theory, is an essential line of enquiry for contemporary thinking and dialogue in photography.
Jai McKenzie is an artist and academic based between Berlin and Sydney.
List of illustrations Introduction Chapter 1 Early image machines The invention of photography c.1830-c.1870 Luminous beginnings Light source: the origin of the image machines A sociological perspective Light-space-time Image-space Seeing machines Ever brighter: moving on from the glow of the early image machines Chapter 2 Analogue image machines c.1870-c.1990 Super vision: the analogue era Standing still: the instantaneous capture of light-time Moving quickly: Photofuturism and light-time Cinematic light-time Still and moving light-time Light-space in the analogue era You press the button: forming image-spaces everywhere At the movies: image-spaces in cinema Proofs of reality Photomontage Video art Leap into the void Chapter 3 Digital image machines c.1990-2010 Dream machines: technology at the speed of light Image-spaces of the digital era 'All that we see or seem' Light up: the screen space of digital photomedia At the speed of light Slow motion: light-time in the digital era Void space Digital photomedia & the loss of physical reality The digital image-space: a matter of light-space-time Chapter 4 Future image machines 2039: two hundred years after the invention of photography The future? The photomedia technology of tomorrow The artist of 2039 Connected to nothing In the 'photographic universe' At the speed of light The future is here Conclusion Bibliography Index