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Framing French Culture
edited by Natalie Edwards, Ben McCann and Peter Poiana
$55.00 | 2015 | Paperback | 978-1-922064-86-8 | 298 pp
FREE | 2015 | Ebook (PDF) | 978-1-922064-87-5 | 298 pp
65 colour illustrations
Writers, painters, photographers, illustrators, directors and designers search for the perfect frame to capture, isolate, subvert or aestheticise an image, and may deploy a range of framing devices to tell their stories: the layered photograph, the jumbled timeframe, the flashback, the voice-over, the unreliable narrator, the hybrid assemblage.
Throughout this book, the concept of framing is used to look at art, photography, scientific drawings and cinema as visually constituted, spatially bounded productions. The way these genres relate to that which exists beyond the frame, by means of plastic, chemically transposed, pencil-sketched or moving images allows us to decipher the particular language of the visual and at the same time circumscribe the dialectic between presence and absence that is proper to all visual media. Yet, these kinds of re-framing owe their existence to the ruptures and upheavals that marked the demise of certain discursive systems in the past, announcing the emergence of others that were in turn overturned.
'This is a highly valuable academic publication that explains how culture may be encapsulated within or outside various frames that can be interpreted on different levels to reveal aspects of societies, past and present, and to reflect both the subject framed and and the subject's creator.The text deserves to be slowly digested to grasp the intricacies of each topic under discussion.'
Marie Ramsland, The French Australian Review, February 2017.
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