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The interpretation of the literature include assessment and appreciation to the work of literature which contains secrets and give meaning to it. The function of criticism is to interpret, evaluate and judge the literary work.
The interpretation can be done either by direct examination where the literature can be analyzed simply by reviewing its contents, aesthetic and moral principles. A particular literature expresses the atmosphere of that age and the work of art express the man who created it. Every work of literature is the product of a particular race, a particular environment and a particular time, and that one cannot understand and interpret that work completely, or even adequately, until one has studied that race, that environment and that time Hazlitt, Interpretation is not only to understand the art but to show that there is a mystery behind so the critics analysis and formulates the meaning to the art.
After interpreting, comes the evaluation of the literary work. The examination of the work must be carried out in order to decide how well or bad is the work of literature T. Criticism means to judge. Thus a critic is interpreter first, and a judge later, he should judge it impartially without personal likes and dislikes, prejudices objectivity.
That the critic should be guided by facts and facts alone. He should approach the work of art with a free mind, unprejudiced by any theories or preconceived notions.
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Only then can he be completely objective and impersonal. It is in this way that criticism approaches to the position of science and can passes a verdict on it.
The perfect judge will read with the same spirit as that of the author to see the object as in itself it really reviewing and finally the definition of taste. That is what I, like generations of others, learned as a university student. Throughout his professional life, Berger has demonstrated a profound commitment to working in partnership — specifically, to collaboration with artists.
He collaborated wiith colleagues working in a number of artforms. Please remember all I said about it on the phone. Or even we can begin again. All I would stand by is the essential idea about ownership and its reverse function with the advent of consumer society. Outside the industry I was entirely unknown at the time, whereas John was already a big name in the arts, and had taken voluntary exile in Europe after his first novel, A Painter of our Time, was published in It was the beginning of more than half a century of working together… From the outset my relationship with John was perfectly balanced.
One of the first questions I asked him regarded the rudimentary matter of earnings, specifically copyright.
That is how we started and that is how we continued as collaborators. The subject position occupied by Berger, the engaged public intellectual, could not be more different from the traditional, omniscient Critic and Theorist working in solitude.
The collaborative creative projects in which I have taken part have considerable affinities with the four books done jointly by Berger and Mohr — especially, A Seventh Man, which is about migrant labour in Europe.
Perhaps this grounding has something to do with our shared respect for creative practice — and perhaps also for our shared commitment to writing as a practice of rigorour, eloquence and style. Both John Berger and Jean Mohr have commented on the relationship between photographs and writing in books of images and text. The work is intended to signify serious engagement with the arts — with visual art and, to a lesser degree, music.
The overall layout mirrors that of a musical composition, as much as a traditional academic book. Some of them are quite short — from an academic point of view. In each of the essays, there are images. A Marxist? Berger began his career as an art critic and public intellectual writing regularly, from to , for The New Statesman, the British weekly leftist magazine focusing on politics and culture.
He wrote about contemporary developments in the visual arts, which often included defense of realist art and commentary on matters of politics and ideology. This is very different from the approach of Marx — and, I will suggest, Berger and me. Marx makes an important distinction between method of inquiry and method of presentation — in his introduction to the Grundrisse and his afterword to the second German edition of Capital Marx and Marx These are two distinct, integral parts of the research process.
It is well known that Marx spent years researching and thinking about how capitalism works — analysing in detail its development, its concrete forms, the interconnections between its parts. He produces substantial texts, including the multi-volume Theories of Surplus Value and the Grundrisse, as part of this process. For Berger, this includes producing multiple drafts of texts.
He also employs various media and artforms, learns to speak the language of multiple audiences artists, academics, the general public and thinks carefully about the layout of images and text in his books.
It is clear that Berger is concerned with producing texts that are eloquent and accessible. And that he thinks about how the viewer may be affected not only by the content of the text the ideas, the argument , but also by the form.
This, I wish to suggest, is one of the important lessons that one can learn from reading and watching Berger. Like Berger, I am trying to produce texts that work against established conventions — but are nonetheless accessible and engaging. Overview Jean Mohr, John Berger, [details] The composition that is this book has six parts — in addition to this Prelude and the Coda at the end. Part I begins, not with questions of Theory but with practice — photographic, curatorial and critical-intellectual practice.
Part IV looks at photography in relation to questions of memory and loss. The subject matter of Part V is mortality, death and the photograph.
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Part VI is about photography and intellectual work as radical, counter-hegemonic practice. Part I. The chapter suggests that, despite the difficulties, one of the benefits of intellectuals working in this way is that our subjectivities — our largely non-conscious, ideologically-positioned ways of seeing, feeling and being in the world — have been transformed.
Chapter 5 raises the question of how the critical intellectual might engage, productively, with the art establishment. Especially in his early years, John Berger, the radical critic who was often redbaited , had an antagonistic relation with leading figures and institutions in the British artworld.
This chapter, reflecting on the example of Stuart Hall in England and my own experience with the art establishment in Wales, poses the question of whether another option is possible — whether there are spaces, inside the belly of the beast, from which the radical art critic or cultural theorist can productively work.
I suggest that finding such spaces are important if the role of the critical intellectual is not simply to critique hegemonic ways of thinking and doing but also to mentor artists — e. So, too, is the work of a number of the photographers whose contributions Berger discusses in various places. As will become apparent, my own photographic portraiture also has affinities with this philosophical and creative stance.
I draw some comparisons between his photographic projects and my collaborative work with the Welsh photographer Andrew McNeill. The reader is invited to reflect on practices that go beyond the use of descriptive captions — that employ more extensive modes of writing, including life stories. Part II.
That is, I pose the question of whether, with regard to photographs, it makes sense to speak of a Bergeresque mode of investigation — and mode of presentation. Yet it is most important to understand that, for him, the primary concern is with social uses of photographs — with their private and public uses. The pieces in Part II look at photographs from these various perspectives — suggesting that each of them has both value and limits.
The former employs tools from semiotics to describe and interpret photographs of homeless people taken under a bridge in Cardiff by Andrew McNeill. In Part II, I also consider the poststructuralist conception of subject positioning. My view is that can be a useful tool in a Bergeresque approach — although, to my knowledge, Berger does not discuss this concept in any of his writings, interviews or media programmes.
Berger did not join them. Part III. They are just as beautiful as their other work; why then make all in the same manner? It would be more difficult. But these men are all in other respects so painstaking and conscientious; why not also in their attitude towards photography itself, whose interests they wish to further. I fear they will never "compel the recognition of pictorial photography, not as a handmaiden of art, but as a distinctive medium of individual expression" so long as they borrow as freely from other arts as they do at present.
Six reasons why criticism is a good thing
Photography must be absolutely independent and rely on its own strength in order to acquire that high position which the Secessionists claim for her. But all preaching is in vain, and judging from the present condition of things, it will take years before this latest phase of pictorial photography will be replaced by a more normal one, as it will render necessary a total readjustment of the ideas as to what art photography really is.
It may be interesting to investigate how this change in photographic taste evolved. At the start it was merely the outcome of a revolt from the conventional photographic rendering of sharp detail and harsh contrasts. This was refreshing, as the old-fashioned work had but little claim to beauty and none whatever to art.
Stieglitz, Eickemeyer, Dumont, at that time did some remarkable work. Then some new technical methods were introduced which completely revolutionized photographic work. The first was the gum process introduced by Demachy and carried to its utmost possible limit by Steichen, the second was the glycerine process, as practised by Keiley, and the third the manipulation of the plate, the so-called process of photo-etching invented by Eugene.
It is difficult to state which of the three processes has done the most mischief. In the meanwhile Alfred Stieglitz, who has become the champion of artistic photography in America, continually clamored for more "individual expression.
Alfred Stieglitz suddenly saw himself surrounded by a lot of men and women who professed to be artists in their life as well as in their work. The final results were a foundation of the Photo- Secession society in , and the exhibition at the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh. In the various groups exhibited one could clearly trace the evolution of the movement.
Holland Day, Clarence H. Although Stieglitz reflects all the different phases, strange to say he remained a straight photographer in all his work.
All the other photographers could not resist the temptation of trying themselves in gum and glycerine or applying the Eugene- Steichen method of augmentation. It became the fashion to blur objects, and the so-called "cult of the spoilt print" set in.
The results were often far from being satisfactory, largely because the majority of the workers could boast of no art training, and had no skill in the handling of brush and etching tools. The fun that was everywhere poked at the "fuzzy print" was not quite unjustified.
Of course no critic has the right to be absolutely positive that the work which he fancies is absolutely the only work that is in the right vein, and that everything else is only working and studying in order to make him laugh and have fun. He must be able to think independently of any tradition, of any set idea of what is right and wrong, and be ready to try and understand what the photographic workers have to say.
The glycerine development, especially when employed with mercury, is full of possibilities. It has qualities entirely its own and need not borrow by imitation, but why need it be invariably utilized for fuzzy effects. Why do they obstinately insist on carrying mediums farther than they go? Yet I cannot deny that I have also seen very beautiful, convincing as well as self-explanatory specimens in this line of work.
The Pittsburgh Exhibition was in many respects a revelation to me, and I would be the last to discredit the merits of enthusiastic workers as John G.
Dyer, Herbert S. French, Mary M. Willard, etc.Most of Duane Michals's sequences would be placed in this category. Eliot lies his individuality and originality and is like scientist working with open mind for realization of truth which he knows can only be tentative Many critic demonstrated that the function of criticism is the evaluation of literature in order to serve the reader in understanding its moral and philosophical tendencies in it.
Edward Bryant writes: Part II. Oxford: Oxford University Press. For example. Davis chooses to summarily describe the subjects of the show as "ranchers. These categories have been designed to encourage and facilitate interpretive discussion: The frame-the photograph is selected. Editors often provide direction, so metimes quite specifically.
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