Saturday, 30 June 2007

THE LANGUAGE OF PHOTOGRAPHY


By Fatmir Terziu
So the fact that Mr. Nano is a candidate for the President the meeting speaks clearly with the language of this photo. The Prime Minister is smiling in the photo, while shaking hands with the ex-Prime Minister, who is holding a cigarette in his left hand and is looking away from Mr. Berisha, who is looking straight at him. There is no need to comment, because this photo has captured the moment that creates history. So let’s leave the language of the photography to speak about the situation.

Even though there is no link between Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida, the so-called “quotation” links the cameras and professional cameramen, who aim to present sensations, the hard and hidden to be filmed, still with their real name paparazzi and the sensation produced by the today’s cameras in Albania, there is a dividing bridge. The photography and the news that surrounds it have the same mission to inform the reader. But the language that they use to fulfil this mission is quite different.
In Albanian media it seems like the photography and the news have two different languages. Professor Andrew Dewdney of LSBU in his essay Photography and it’s Language revealed that, “the photography has its language, the language that speaks clearly and understandably”. According to Barthes “the photography overwrites the historic moment or the news when the news leaves a photography behind”. This example can be seen in the photography of the current Prime Minister in Albania, Sali Berisha with ex-Prime Minister of this country and ex opposition leader, Fatos Nano during their unintentional meeting, posted electronically and published in newspapers on 30 June 2007. Behind this photo is the fact that is linked with situation in Albania.
A day before this spontaneous meeting a fifth round of both political groups ended without any conclusion about the decision of appointing the future President in Albania. So the fact that Mr. Nano is a candidate for the President the meeting speaks clearly with the language of this photo. The Prime Minister is smiling in the photo, while shaking hands with the ex-Prime Minister, who is holding a cigarette in his left hand and is looking away from Mr. Berisha, who is looking straight at him. There is no need to comment, because this photo has captured the moment that creates history. So let’s leave the language of the photography to speak about the situation.

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