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Sandra Križić Roban, Ana Šverko : Watching, Waiting : The Photographic Representation of Empty Places


The most surprising submission of the week.
This book titled: ‘Watching, Waiting: The Photographic Representation of Empty Places’.
It is the first study on empty places in photography and the Covid-19 pandemic.
It is free in its virtual presentation.

In the aftermath of Covid-19, the theme of ‘empty places’ has taken on a new relevance topicality and resonance. “It seemed that everyone was suddenly capturing emptiness through photography.,” clarify editors Sandra Križić Roban and Ana Šverko.

Watching, Waiting presents a collection of essays that brings emptiness into interdisciplinary focus as an object of study that extends beyond the present. The contributors approach the specific interrelationships of photography and place through emptiness by considering historical and contemporary material in equal measure. Drawing on architecture, anthropology, sociology, and public health, among other fields, they provide insights into geographically and temporally diverse production models of empty places and their corresponding complex and sensitive global and local relations, while also tackling the ethics of behaviour and protests that unfold within them.

The book’s chapters, both photographic and scholarly essays, cover areas that range widely both thematically and geographically, spanning static film footage of Nicosia’s Buffer Zone, protest photographs in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement in Bristol, staged images from the University of Zagreb’s ethnological archives, historic landscape and architectural photography, aerial shots of Covid-19 mass graves in Brazil, photos of artificially built field hospitals and quarantine rooms during the pandemic, and images of empty airports at night. Through still and moving images, Watching, Waiting examines the photographic aestheticisation of emptiness, existing stereotypes of ‘empty places’, and transformations of human experiences.


Watching, Waiting
The Photographic Representation of Empty Places
Sandra Križić Roban, Ana Šverko (eds)

Open Access ebook, ePDF 9789461665195
Paperback, € 59.50, ISBN 9789462703759, 15,6 x 23,4 cm, 312 p.

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