Narratives of suffering and an ambivalence of feeling in the photographs of Jeff Wall
Laurence, Emma-Jane Mary
Jeff Wall interferes with the traditions and viewing habits associated with documentary photography. This is primarily achieved through destabilising the status of the documentary photograph as an objectively recorded fact and through invoking the traditions of Western image making in painting. In alluding to suffering and implying violence, Wall alienates a viewer from an automated response and complicates familiar ways of viewing photographs. By impeding meaning making, he restores mystery and uncertainty to the viewing process.
A research report submitted to the Faculty of Humanities, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Art (History of Art), October 2017
Laurence, Emma-Jane Mary (2017) Narratives of suffering and an ambivalence of feeling in the photographs of Jeff Wall, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, <https://hdl.handle.net/10539/24485>