A Summary of Nersessova’s analysis on Morton’s Photography

In this article, “Tapestry of Space: Domestic Architecture and Underground Communities of Margaret Morton’s Photography of a Forgotten New York”, the author Nersessova examines the photography of Margaret Morton’s book “The Tunnel: The Underground Homeless of New York City.” These photographs provided stories that redefine what a home is through random material. The life of these people is criticized through the Situationalist International Theory presented by Karl Marx. She talk about the impact of the urban space and the effect it has on the human behavior. The article looks at the bigger picture of “homeless” people and compares them to those who considered themselves not homeless. The homelessness that Morton demonstrates in her photos is used to show how connected the space, the people, and social issues are. The social issues that persists in the urban areas results in a response from the people through art or emotions. For example a man in the article built himself a tunnel and living under the underground helps him find who he is. They build without exploiting their things as others do. In the article the author suggests examining the idea of Morton’s photography through the Situationalist International Theory where it provides further exploration in the urban environment. The goal of the SI is to remove the division of life and art and show the direct relationship between the two and how it is visible through the environmental influence on human behavior. The author suggests a use of techniques in the SI that examines the environmental space. She talk about the dérive being an unplanned journey through the environment and a flâneur who is...
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