Our Desire For Beauty
Potential tourists choosing to visit a town, city or country, rely on recommendations made online, by friends and family or literature. This usually contains a set of words accompanied by a series of photographs used to entice visitors. This project hopes to explore the "staged authenticity" tourists experience when visiting Oxford. The photographs used were taken during a tour of Oxford, accompanied by comments made about a particular building or area made by the guide. MacCannell wrote in 1973 about "staged authenticity" in the American Journal of Sociology. His argument was that something that was seen to be authentic was in fact set up well in advance and used purely for touristic visitation.
Kirstie Adam • Rosanna Blatchford • Stephanie Franklin • Eizabeth Hewson • Natalie Hodson • Zoe Howard • James Love • Lottie Morris • Oliver Norcott • Katherine Nowak • Alessandro Polledri • Alexandra Roberts • Harry Rose • Jacob Sanders • Paige Smith • Elian Williams •