Images of the past and future: the role of photography between memory and projection

  • Ana Taís Martins Portanova Barros PPGCOM/UFRGS
Keywords: Photography, memory, imaginary


The theme of this article is the issue of memory related to photography and its possible alterations due to an exponential increase in the production and sharing of images. Starting
off from both a philosophy of photography (Barthes, Virilio, Flusser) and a philosophy of images and the imaginary (Belting, Bachelard, Durand, Eliade, Merleau-Ponty), we problematize memory as a carrier of the past in a context of ephemerality of the now and dissolution of the stability of categories such as time and space. We propose the idea of memory as anticipation more than recollection. The conclusion is that the part of photography, despite its dematerialization and detemporization, is intact for the anticipatory memory, which updates the mythical past in order to respond to a desire for what is coming.


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Author Biography

Ana Taís Martins Portanova Barros, PPGCOM/UFRGS
Professora do Programa de Pós-graduação em Comunicação e Informação e da Graduação em Comunicação da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Pós-doutora em Estética da Imagem Visual pela Université Jean Moulin / Lyon 3, França. Doutora em Ciências da Comunicação pela Universidade de São Paulo.
How to Cite
Martins Portanova Barros, A. T. (2017). Images of the past and future: the role of photography between memory and projection. MATRIZes, 11(1), 149-164.
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