Photography and its origins
Recent decades have seen a flourishing interest in and speculation about the origins of photography. Spurred by rediscoveries of ' first' photographs and proclamations of photography' s death in the digital age, scholars have been rethinking who and what invented the medium. Photograp...
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|Author Notes:||ed. by Tanya Sheehan ...|
|Summary:||Recent decades have seen a flourishing interest in and speculation about the origins of photography. Spurred by rediscoveries of ' first' photographs and proclamations of photography' s death in the digital age, scholars have been rethinking who and what invented the medium. Photography and Its Origins reflects on this interest in photography' s beginnings by reframing it in critical and specifically historiographical terms. How and why do we write about the origins of the medium? Whom or what do we rely on to construct those narratives?|
|Item Description:||Introduction Tanya Sheehan and Andres Zervigon Part I: Rethinking first photograph(er)s 1. A Sensational Story: Helmut Gernsheim and "The World's Firs Photograph" Jessica S. McDonald 2. What's Wrong with Daguerre? Hans Rooseboom Omphaloskeptical? On Daguerre, Smoke Drawing, Finger Painting, and Photograph Stephen C. Pinson 4. The Past through the Looking Glass Dan Estabrook Part II Multiplying beginnings 5. Origins without End Geoffrey Batchen 6. Notes toward New Accounts of Photography's Invention Douglas R. Nickel 7. Against Photographic Exceptionalism Stephen Bann 8. Sacred Stories: Photography's Indigenous Origins Heather Shannon 9. Seeing Ourselves as Others See Us: Frederick Douglass's Reflections on Daguerreotypy and Racial Difference Marcy Dinius Part III: Writing (trans)national histories 10. "An American Sun Shines Brighter," or, Photography Was (Not) Invented in the United States Francois Brunet 11. The Bertoloni Album: Rethinking Photography's National Identity Beth Saunders 12. Photography and Its Chinese Origins Yi Gu 13. Looking into the Past and Present: The Origins of Photography in Africa Jurg Schneider Part IV: Tracing scientific origins 14. Self-Reflections: The Nature of Sir Humphry Davy's Photographic "Failures" Jordan Bear 15. Natural/Mechanical: Keywords in the Conception of Early Photography Laura Salt 16. A Note on the Science of Photography: Reconsidering the Invention Story Kelley Wilder Selected bibliography|
|Physical Description:||XV, 237 S. Ill.|