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To Archive or Not to Archive: How Do We Know What to Document and What Not to Record?

Composing Digital Media: The Art of Missing Information

      Reading about archiving in the words of Derrida was honestly quite confusing and difficult to understand, however, after reading “Photograph Not Taken,” “Theories of the Archive from Across the Disciplines,” and Denis Wood’s writings I feel as if I have a slightly better grasp on what it truly means to archive and how different technologies affect it.

      After reading Erika Larsen’s “Photograph Not Taken” I realized that archiving by taking a photograph truly captures the moment we were in at the time. I use the word we because Erika Larsen describes how she felt just as connected, on the same page, and in the same moment as the people she has photographed; the moment was just as much hers and it was her subjects’. However, she continues to say how different her life becomes after each photograph she takes, sometimes even to the extent…

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