Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism is a bimonthly journal of contemporary art, culture, and politics. It publishes features, essays, local and international reportage, exhibition reviews, and book reviews with an emphasis on social dialogue, politically engaged artistic practices, and the role of the artist as cultural critic and curator.
|Publisher||Visual Studies Workshop|
|Based in||Rochester, New York|
Afterimage was founded in 1972 by photographer and curator Nathan Lyons, who had previously served as assistant director and chief curator of the international museum of photography known as George Eastman House.
From its inaugural issue, the magazine aimed to pose "a challenge to existing centres of practice and education" as well as "to institutional hierarchies, widening the remit of art criticism and theoretical debate and engaging directly with context, community and issues of accountability."
Former Afterimage editor Grant H. Kester described the ethos of the magazine in terms of two primary modes of resistance:
- "an attempt to contest the then dominant tendency to view art photography as a form of pure expression that must remain uncontaminated by more mundane or quotidian uses of the medium"
- "a desire to break down the division between the practicing artist and the historian or critic, resulting in new hybrid figures such as the 'artist/curator' or the 'artist/critic'"
- Barbara Abrash (August 1, 1992). Mediating History: The Map Guide to Independent Video by and About African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino, and Native American People. NYU Press. p. 127. ISBN 978-0-8147-0620-6. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
- Kester, Grant H. (1998). Art, Activism, and Oppositionality: Essays from Afterimage. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. p. 1. ISBN 978-0-8223-2081-4. Retrieved April 5, 2012.
- Vance, Ann (Summer 1999). "Review of Art Activism and Oppositionality: Essays From Afterimage". Variant (8). Variant. Retrieved April 5, 2012.
- Kester, Grant H. (1998). Art, Activism, and Oppositionality: Essays from Afterimage. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. p. 2. ISBN 978-0-8223-2081-4. Retrieved April 5, 2012.