Trauma and Deadpan

Clancy, Tony (2017) Trauma and Deadpan. Photography Dialogues Journal (1). pp. 25-34.

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Abstract

Talk delivered at the Moving Stills symposium, 15 April 2016 at Watershed in Bristol. This paper discussed the idea of deadpan in photography and film, and proposed a relationship to the deadpan stare and trauma. Ranging across the work of Buster Keaton (whose comic persona embodied the phrase 'deadpan"). Lewis Hine, Don McCullen, Bettina Von Zwehle, Frank Gohlke, and Robert Adams, the talk discussed the idea of the modern world as one of constant change where there is potential for trauma. The deadpan stare - a blank, un-emotive look, often directly into the camera, characterises this state of mind and relates to the fixed stare of the camera lens itself. An excerpt from the short film, 'The Plate Spinner' by Tony Clancy was also shown as part of the talk.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: Film: The Plate Spinner by Tony Clancy (6 mins 15 secs, 2017)
Uncontrolled Keywords: deadpan, trauma, Buster Keaton, Lewis Hine, Ingar Krauss, Bettina Von Zwehl, Frank Gohlke, Robert Adams, Steve McQueen, Tony Clancy
Subjects: T Technology > TR Photography
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Art and Design > Photography
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Creative Practice as Research
Depositing User: Tony Clancy
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2018 19:26
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2018 11:51
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/4540

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