Archive history traces memory for historical retelling data archiving and the preservation of traces. In short to preserve the memory of humanity. These ancient and venerable functions are reconstructed and rethought in contemporary photography. The Day Nobody Died. Broomberg Chanarin. From a semiotic analysis every photograph is an index a trace. Contemporary photography records the trace of the action.
Contemporary photography faces rather e-commerce photo editing a contemplative attitude. Large format cameras are used as opposed to mm laptops. Like Roger Fenton and his images of the Crimean War contemporary photography is an account of the damage obeying what we could call the aftermath aesthetic. Some artists who practice this genre Simon Norfolk Adam Broomberg Oliver Chanarin Bruce Nauman Mac Adams Robert Cumming Gerhard Richter Richard Misrach.
Photography in quicksand we commented on the astonishment of the observer before contemporary photography. No one should feel bad contemporary photography is extraordinarily complex often brutal other times ineffable and subtle. It is impossible to understand it with the codes of artistic photography typical of modernism or documentary genres. It is required to understand the historical context of artphotography brawls conceptual art imageimagination relations as well as the ideaconcept. With this article we offer the reader an additional reading tool.