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The originality of the attitude of junior executives is more easily assessed once we know that the practice of photography is less common among senior executives, although they have a higher income and their life-style provides them with a large number and variety of opportunities for taking photographs.

In other words, the range of that which suggests itself as really photographable for a given social class that is, the range of ‘takeable’ photographs or photographs ‘to be taken’, as opposed to the universe of realities which are objectively photographable given the technical possibilities of the camera is defined by implicit models which may be understood via photographic prac- tice and its product, because they objectively determine the meaning which a group confers upon the photographic act as the ontological choice of an object which is perceived as worthy of being photographed, which is captured, stored, communicated, shown and admired.

What seems to us an act of barbarism or barbarity is actually the perfect fulfilment of an intention: A society momentarily dissolving, only to reform elsewhere but under wholly new conditions and with quite new elements, has not sufficient continuity to acquire a personal aspect, a history of its own, to which its members may feel attachment. Statistics can objectively establish the system of life-chances objec- tively attached to particular social categories, whether these are the chances of attaining permanent employment in the case of an unqualified and uneducated Algerian sub-proletarian, or the chances of entering a faculty of medicine or law in the case of a manual worker’s daughter.

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Apart from a tiny minority of aesthetes, photographers see the recording of family life as the primary function of photography, continuing to conform to the strained, ,iddle and sterotyped photogrpahy of the family album, however harsh their judgment upon it may be, because they see it as being just as inevitable as the social ceremonies that it solemnizes.

This is clearly seen in the uncertainties and contradictions in the opinions formulated by manual workers in response to various judgements on photography which were suggested to them: One of the pictures in J. The same principle means that the aesthetic intentions most firmly expressed are only rarely applied, and that an aesthetic attitude is more readily adopted towards the photographs of others. Akhough photography still satisfies their ‘aesthetic’ expecta- tions, and in particular their demand for realism, clerical workers no longer enjoy the same simple, direct and, perhaps, comfortable relationship to it.

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Photography: A Middle-Brow Art

MarieV rated it brw liked it Jan 25, Tor instance this evening, I’m late already; I know what she’s going bourideu say: You can know everything there is to know about the transition from classical to romantic music say, or the various forms of church chanting that early serious music developed out of. And the behaviour of the fanatic who ha: Many seasonal conformists own a quality camera and a large number of accessories which they continue to place at the service of the traditional functions of photography.

In fact, irony, mockery and gossip have the func- tion of calling to order – to conformity and uniformity – the presumptuous person or braggart, who, through photgraphy innovative behaviour, appears to be lecturing or challenging the entire com- munity.

Thus neither economic obstacles, such as the expensiveness of the equipment, nor technic- al obstacles can explain the rarity of photographic practice in the peasant milieu. It emerges quite clearly in this conversation between two inhabitants of the bourg of Lesquire, which should be followed according to the constant alternations between the pure and simple invocation of the social norm, which is both arbitrary and uncompromising, and reliance on explanation through secondary causes or reasons, contradicted by real be- haviour see figure l.

I have reproductions of paintings, they’re framed. This kind of behaviour is opposed to consecrated behaviour as effort is opposed to a natural gift, or acquired knowledge to natural distinction.

The feature common to all the popular arts is their subordination of artistic activity to socially regulated func- tions while the elaboration of ‘pure’ forms, generally considered the most noble, presupposes the disappearance of all functional characteristics and all reference to practical or ethical goals.

But France’s leading sociologist and cultural theorist Pierre Bourdieu and his research associates show that few cultural activities are more structural and systematic phottography photography. Everyone rushes over, everyone’s amazed, middoe rediscover themselves, as babies and teenagers. In the society of former times, the child was never, as now, the centre of attention.

First published nPhotography provides an excellent opportunity to observe key parts of Bourdieu’s theories at a formative stage.

Unlike the practice of the consecrated arts, where enthu- siasm is measurable according to an ideal and may be both objectively and subjectively defined by the observation of a body of principles establishing a hierachy of the modalities of aesthetic consumption, dedication can only exist and be realized by leaving ordinary practice and transgressing the norm of the ‘lukewarm’. For some social groups, photography is primarily a means of preserving the present and reproducing moments of collective celebration, whereas for other groups it is the occasion of an aesthetic judgment in which photographs are endowed with the dignity of works of art.


Thus the science of objective regularities remains abstract as long as it does not encompass the science of the process of the internalization of objectivity leading to the constitution of those systems of uncon- scious and durable dispositions that are the class habitus and the ethos: To ask other readers questions about Photographyplease sign up.

I don’t have the time or the opportunity or the means. While it is tolerated among adolescents as an inconsequential and short-lived game, conceded to women, or rather to mothers, because it is then serving socially approved ends and consequently loses something of its frivolity photographic practice on the other hand contradicts the virile values which make up the image of the ‘true peasant’, and attacks the imperative of conformity, an unwritten law which dominates the whole of social Hfe; while the desire to distinguish oneself by imitating the city-dweller is mercilessly condemned and repressed as an act of defiance and the declaration of a rupture, it is also true that this besieged society is defending its very existence by prohibiting any capitulation to the seduction of urban values.

Today the hierarchy is reversed.

A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste, in which he argues that judgments of taste are related to social position. Of the photographs showing people, almost three-quarters show groups and more than half show children, either on their own or with adults; photographs showing adults and children together owe their frequency and solemnity which is usually made apparent by the conventional rigidity of the poses to the fact that they capture and symboHze the image of the family line.

It would mean not boudieu your dues. For some social groups, photography is primarily a means of preserving the present and reproducing the euphoric moments of collective celebration, whereas for other groups it is the occasion of an aesthetic judgement, in which photos are endowed with the dignity of works of art. In consequence, it must be mere ostentation.

Bourdieu and his associates examine the socially differentiated forms of photographic practice by drawing on the results of surveys and interviews and by analyzing the attitudes and characteristics of both amateur and professional photographers.

The intensification of the practice is also, in most cases, the result of extrinsic conditions such as a certain income and the accompanying life-style, and not of an autonomous transformation of’ the practice. Anahi rated it really liked it Mar 29,