Marc De Blieck, PhD in the Arts

Monuments that look like images (of monuments). Photos that depict monuments. Photos that depict monuments that look like photos of monuments. Photos that depict photos. Images in which all dimensions are reduced to a flat surface. What could be the meaning of that reduction? What does it add?

The idea behind this doctoral study is to question the 'photographer' as a researcher 'in photography'. This narrowing down of the 'artsist' as a researcher 'in the arts' to a photographer, should be seen as an attempt to isolate a clear case of a research in the arts in which the value and meaning of its outcome is independant from the process and the research that proceded it. The study is inspired by early photogrammetry, and the 'automatic' coupling of a photo with the world. Photogrammetry generates meaningful images, and it doesn't need a photographer-author to do so. Recent developments in photography ànd in photogrammetry have corroded the automatic coupling of a photo to the world: they still seem to be linked, but they are not linked 'by birth' anymore. "Save as Image" searches for the spot where 'research' and 'knowledge production' hide in a kind of imageproduction that acts independent of an author and of the world - that it seems to represent in a meaningful way.


  • Prof. dr. Jan Masschelein (supervisor, KU Leuven)
  • Prof. Paul Robbrecht (co-supervisor, KU Leuven)

Research Unit: Image

Duration: 2010 - 2019