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During a chat with Nick Malyan (Empty Shop HQ) a week or so back Nick mentioned the term ‘cultural capital’ to me.

In a later online search about ‘cultural capital’ I found a link for the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu’s ‘The Forms of Capital (1986). Quite a lot of threads came out of the conversation with Nick that I want to try to pursue over the next few weeks.

I’m also currently reading ‘The Medium Format Advantage’ by Ernst Wildi (Focal Press 2001) to find out a bit more about various medium format cameras and ‘Ways of Seeing’ by John Berger (BBC & Penguin Books 1972).

I recently came across  Susan Sontag’s  ‘On Photography’.

Sontag’s book clearly explains how photography has changed the way we look at and understand the world.

Sontag views photography in many way as a  form of acquisition and states that:

“…there is something predatory in the act of taking a picture.” (P.14)

Sontag’s book was 1st published in 1977 and it is fascinating to place it in a historical context and consider the current role of photography  in our lives today in the digital arena.

A version of Sontag’s book is available as a free PDF online.

Currently reading;

‘Skin: on the cultural border between self and the world’ by Claudia Benthien (translated by Thomas Dunlap) 2002 Columbia University Press

‘Al-Mutanabbi:Voice of the Abbasid Poetic Idea.’Margaret Larkin 2008 (One world Publishers)