Documenting The World: Film, Photography, And The Scientific Record by Gregg MitmanDocumenting The World: Film, Photography, And The Scientific Record by Gregg Mitman

Documenting The World: Film, Photography, And The Scientific Record

EditorGregg Mitman, Kelley Wilder

Hardcover | December 20, 2016

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Imagine the twentieth century without photography and film. Its history would be absent of images that define historical moments and generations: the death camps of Auschwitz, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Apollo lunar landing. It would be a history, in other words, of just artists’ renderings and the spoken and written word. To inhabitants of the twenty-first century, deeply immersed in visual culture, such a history seems insubstantial, imprecise, and even, perhaps, unscientific.

Documenting the World is about the material and social life of photographs and film made in the scientific quest to document the world. Drawing on scholars from the fields of art history, visual anthropology, and science and technology studies, the chapters in this book explore how this documentation—from the initial recording of images, to their acquisition and storage, to their circulation—has altered our lives, our ways of knowing, our social and economic relationships, and even our surroundings. Far beyond mere illustration, photography and film have become an integral, transformative part of the world they seek to show us.
Gregg Mitman is the Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Medical History, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is the author of Breathing Space: How Allergies Shape Our Lives and Landscapes, Reel Nature: America’s Romance with Wildlife on Film, and The State of Nature: Ecol...
Title:Documenting The World: Film, Photography, And The Scientific RecordFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:December 20, 2016Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022612911X

ISBN - 13:9780226129112

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction
Gregg Mitman and Kelley Wilder

2 Moving Pictures: Photographs on Trial in the Sir Roger Tichborne Affair
Jennifer Tucker

3 The Colors of Evidence: Picturing the Past in Photography and Film
Peter Geimer

4 Mars in the Making: Digital Documentary Practices in Contemporary Planetary Science
Janet Vertesi

5 Uncertain Knowledge: Photography and the Turn-of-the-Century Anthropological Document
Elizabeth Edwards

6 A Journey without Maps: Film, Expeditionary Science, and the Growth of Development
Gregg Mitman

7 Archival Exposure: Disability, Documentary, and the Making of Counternarratives
Faye Ginsburg

8 Reverse—Cardboard—Print: The Materiality of the Photographic Archive and Its Function
Stefanie Klamm

9 Photographic Cataloguing
Kelley Wilder

10 The Excess of the Archive
Estelle Blaschke


Editorial Reviews

"Providing nine distinct perspectives on the roles of still and moving photographic images in the construction of documents and evidence, the volume gathers established and emerging researchers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. Each chapter illuminates different manifestations of ‘the documentary impulse’ in the form of photographs and footage, of course, but also through a wealth of elements supporting the status of a given film or photograph as document – including, but not limited to, picture frames, colour filters, captions and mounts, expedition reports, narratives, shelving systems, catalogue entries, online search engines, and metadata. . . . As the introduction makes clear, the project has been executed in collaboration among all contributors, and when reading the volume from cover to cover (which is an unusual way of reading an essay collection, but one I deeply recommend in this instance) the contributions by Edwards and Mitman work particularly well to weave the different strands of the project together in the middle, as it were."