Photography and the Non-Place

The Cultural Erasure of the City

  • Jim Brogden

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 211-218

About this book


This book presents a critical and aesthetic defence of “non-place” as an act of cultural reclamation. Through the restorative properties of photography, it re-conceptualises the cultural significance of non-place. The non-place is often referred to as “wasteland”, and is usually avoided. The sites investigated in this book are located where access and ownership are often ambiguous or in dispute; they are places of cultural forgetting. Drawing on the author’s own photographic research-led practice, as well as material from photographers such as Ed Ruscha, Joel Sternfeld and Richard Misrach, this study employs a deliberately allusive intertexuality to offer a unique insight into the contested notions surrounding landscape representation. Ultimately, it argues that the non-place has the potential to reveal a version of England that raises questions about identity, loss, memory, landscape valorisation, and, perhaps most importantly, how we are to arrive at a more meaningful place. 


urban landscape Memory palimpsest interdisciplinary discourse representation geography culture creative practice post fordism eco-criticism practice-led research

Authors and affiliations

  • Jim Brogden
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LeedsLeedsUK

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