I read the essay, ‘The Memory of Photography’ by David Bate. From my reading, the key points are:
- Bate questions the use of photography and whether it is an aid to memory.
- Freud considered ‘natural’ (human) memory as distinct from ‘artificial’ memory. Photography allows humans to take less memory with them.
- Writing, photography and other mediums are designed to supplement natural human senses.
- Bate goes on to ask whether technologies affect us mentally.
- Jacques Le Goff thought that photography revolutionised memory. It preserves the memory of time and chronological evolution.
- Jacques Derrida said that history is a site of social power. Photography is a part of that. It also industrialises visual memory.
- A photograph stores and reproduces every object.
- William Henry Fox Talbot considered the photograph as ‘inventory’; ‘copying’ what it captures.
- Photography is more like ‘partial-truth’.
- Freud expressed that a ‘screen image’ (photography) is an empty shell. Images can be used as space; a location for memory-traces.