The assumption that photographs provide a truthful representation of what is before the lens has been questioned and challenged by artists and photographers since the birth of photography. This has been important in shaping the practice: photography acquires meaning through its various interactions and encounters with other media, and within it. The discussion of the content and form of the photographic image and its claim to truth and connection to reality has enabled photographers to explore new ways of making.
Investigation of the workings of written language, looking at how it is constructed from the inside and how it manifests visually. The research sets to investigate the role and nature of written language, and acknowledge its different constituents, their workings, and their indispensable, intrinsic role in the conveyance and production of meaning. Although the term ‹written› refers rigorously to handwriting, it is meant to comprise in this project all forms of ‘visual’ or ‘graphic’ language: written, typewritten, printed, etc. Language is inseparable from its actual, physical, material production. For practical reasons of time and knowledge, I limited the investigation to looking at cases that analysed and used only the Latin alphabet system. My main objective was to learn how written language is not just a vehicle for speech, but a complex communicating device.
How does the nature of books as delivery devices come together with the material configuration in order to create meaningful reading experiences? A book has intrinsic physical qualities since its ultimate purpose is to make visible that which is not —ideas, propositions, beliefs, discourses, and endless more forms of information. The role of the book, thus, is to communicate that information, and this makes it a critical cultural object that plays a significant role in the performance of meaning-making.