Photography And Its Origins by Tanya SheehanPhotography And Its Origins by Tanya Sheehan

Photography And Its Origins

EditorTanya Sheehan, Andres Zervigon

Paperback | January 22, 2015

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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 Originsreflects 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? What's at stake in choosing to tell stories of photography's genesis in one way or another? And what kind of work can those stories do?

Edited by Tanya Sheehan and Andr'Mario Zervig'n, this collection of 16 original essays, illustrated with 32 colour images, showcases prominent and emerging voices in the field of photography studies. Their research cuts across disciplines and methodologies, shedding new light on old questions about histories and their writing.

Photography and Its Originswill serve as a valuable resource for students and scholars in art history, visual and media studies, and the history of science and technology.

Title:Photography And Its OriginsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:254 pages, 9.1 × 6.1 × 0.5 inPublished:January 22, 2015Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:041572290X

ISBN - 13:9780415722902

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Table of Contents

IntroductionTanya Sheehan and Andr'Zervig'n Part I: Rethinking first photograph(er)s1. A Sensational Story: Helmut Gernsheim and "The World's First Photograph"Jessica S. McDonald2. What's Wrong with Daguerre?Hans Rooseboom 3. Omphaloskeptical? On Daguerre, Smoke Drawing, Finger Painting, and PhotographyStephen C. Pinson 4. The Past through the Looking Glass Dan Estabrook Part II: Multiplying beginnings5. Origins without EndGeoffrey Batchen6. Notes towards New Accounts of Photography's InventionDouglas R. Nickel7. Against Photographic ExceptionalismStephen Bann8. Sacred Stories: Photography's Indigenous OriginsHeather Shannon9. Seeing Ourselves as Others See Us: Frederick Douglass's Reflections on Daguerreotypy and Racial DifferenceMarcy J. Dinius Part III: Writing (trans)national histories10. "An American Sun Shines Brighter," or, Photography Was (Not) Invented in the United StatesFran'sBrunet11.The Bertoloni Album: Rethinking Photography's National IdentityBeth Saunders12. Photography and Its Chinese OriginsYi Gu13. Looking into the Past and Present: The Origins of Photography in AfricaJ'rgSchneiderPart IV: Tracing scientific origins14. Self-Reflections: The Nature of Sir Humphry Davy's Photographic "Failures"Jordan Bear15. Natural/Mechanical: Keywords in the Conception of Early PhotographyLaura Saltz16. A Note on the Science of Photography: Reconsidering the Invention StoryKelley Wilder Selected bibliography