Singular Images, Failed Copies: William Henry Fox Talbot and the early photograph by Vered MaimonFocusing on early nineteenth-century England'and on the works and texts of the inventor of paper photography, William Henry Fox Talbot?Singular Images, Failed Copies historicizes the conceptualization of photography in that era as part of a major historical change. Treating photography not merely as a medium or a system of representation but also as an epistemology, Vered Maimon challenges today's prevalent association of the early photograph with the camera obscura. Instead, she points to material, formal, and conceptual differences between those two types of images by considering the philosophical and aesthetic premises linked with early photography. Through this analysis she argues that the emphasis in Talbot's accounts on the removal of the "artist's hand" in favor of "the pencil of nature" did not mark a shift from manual to "mechanical" and more accurate or "objective" systems of representation. In Singular Images, Failed Copies, Maimon shows that the perception of the photographic image in the 1830s and 1840s was in fact symptomatic of a crisis in the epistemological framework that had informed philosophical, scientific, and aesthetic thought for two centuries.
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2015-10-25
Fifty Key Writers on Photography by Mark Durden (Editor)Clear and concise survey of some of the most significant writers on photography who have played a major part in defining and influencing our understanding of the medium. It provides a succinct overview of writing on photography from a diverse range of disciplines and perspectives and examines the shifting perception of the medium over the course of its 170 year history. Key writers discussed include: Roland Barthes, Susan Sontag, Jacques Derrida, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Geoffrey Batchen. Fully cross-referenced and in an A-Z format, this is an accessible and engaging introductory guide. INDEX OF THEIR WRITINGS.
Call Number: TR185 F54 2013 & E-book
Publication Date: 2013-02-07
Colonialist Photography by Eleanor M. Hight (Editor); Gary D. Sampson (Editor)Absorbing collection of essays and photographs exploring the relationship between photography and European and American colonialism. The book is packed with well over a hundred captivating images, ranging from the first experiments with photography as a documentary medium up to the decolonization of many regions after World War II. Reinforcing a broad range of Western assumptions and prejudices, Eleanor M. Hight and Gary D. Sampson argue that such images often assisted in the construction of a colonial culture.