In Defense of the Poor Image by Hito Steyerl: Response
Reading, In Defense of the Poor Image by Hito Steyerl, was quite intriguing. This small article brought up topics and points that I had genuinely never thought about before. Of course, I found the subjects talked of in the text to be familiar, as I was able to imagine what I myself know to be considered “poor images”, but I had never thought of their origins, journey, and what they mean today. I think it’s interesting that Poor Images stem from the cinema in a way. They slowly became more and more shut out, and eventually, poor images found their own means of being shared and viewed by many.
The way the author spoke in defense of such images was also quite perplexing. He found them to be very informative and sometimes even representative of the times in which they were created. Poor images also represent social standards and are used by those who are not necessarily at the top of the hierarchy. While the Hito Steyerl was able to give such a meaning to the purpose of poor images, he was also able to deliberately define them as, “an illicit fifth-generation bastard of an original image”. Overall this text was eye-opening towards a topic that we are well surrounded by in our day in time and gave a new meaning and recognition to something that may otherwise be overlooked.