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Mechademia 7Lines of Sight$
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Frenchy Lunning

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680498

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680498.001.0001

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The Face in the Shadow of the Camera: Corporeality of the Photographer in Kanai Mieko’s Narratives

The Face in the Shadow of the Camera: Corporeality of the Photographer in Kanai Mieko’s Narratives

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(p.57) The Face in the Shadow of the Camera: Corporeality of the Photographer in Kanai Mieko’s Narratives
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Mechademia 7
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Atsuko Sakaki

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816680498.003.0003

This chapter considers references to photography made by poet turned novelist and visual arts critic Kanai Mieko, as well as discourses by her and others on one of the most celebrated Japanese photographers, Kuwabara Kineo (1913–2007). Both Kanai and Kuwabara have challenged the common modern perception of prose and photography as transparent mediums of representation. One of their strategies is to foreground the creator’s body (rather than their mind) and to urge the reader/spectator to become aware of traces of the body’s active presence in the process of production. This awareness reactivates the archive of information as the time-space of performance. Released from the imagined community of consumer culture, readers/spectators are expected to find themselves in the here and now of the author/photographer’s engagement with participants in their art—the engagement that is more physical than metaphysical.

Keywords:   photography, Kanai Mieko, Kuwabara Kineo, photographers

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