My MFA thesis show, After the Last Picture Show, depicted my inquiry into what pictures and images are today. In this thesis, starting from the formalist tradition of fine art photography, I deconstruct photography into elements based on the classical dichotomy of form and content and discuss how the photographic image has dislodged itself from its material base. Subsequently, I question the objective of art in an age in which images are information, and in which information is instantly exchanged. I use authenticity as the guiding light in my art and attempt to confront the doubts that linger in our simulation-based society.

Further, I start an inquiry into the relationship between the computer and art. I attempt to provide an observation of the computer in terms of itself as opposed to the more frequent approach of analyzing it as a medium to simulate exisiting tools. I argue that the essence of the computer is abstract, and I describe the conflict between this abstract nature of the computer and the physicality that art demands.

Finally, I conclude by describing what I think of authenticity with regards to art.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Authenticity (Philosophy); Photography, Artistic--History and criticism; Object (Aesthetics); Art and technology; Computers

Publication Date


Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Imaging Arts (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CIAS)


Jeff Weiss

Advisor/Committee Member

Jessica Lieberman

Advisor/Committee Member

Alexander Miokovic


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at B105.A8 M49 2005


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