Representations of the Urban Landscape

  • Jim Brogden


Brogden examines landscape as a contested space, functioning both as an economic domain, and a cultural representation administered through aesthetics and ‘place making’ strategies. An analysis of the digital versus analogue photography debate unfolds, in which Brogden reflects on his own photographic intentions: to foreclose any nostalgic readings of non-place, through a heightened photographic naturalism. Brogden adopts the ‘state of the nation’ trope to explore the burgeoning ‘corporate landscape’, incorporating the work of urban witness, Iain Sinclair. Brogden reveals an eclectic approach, alluding to various artists, photographers, film-makers, and scholars. Such idiosyncratic references reveal the interdisciplinary potential of non-places. Brogden’s interpretive method is informed by drawing on North American visual culture with its implicit contestation of an emerging franchised landscape and is concluded by a discussion of heritage, pastoral, and national parks landscapes.


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  • Jim Brogden
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  1. 1.University of LeedsLeedsUK

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