Photography and its critics : a cultural history, 1839-1900

Mary Warner Marien

First published in 1997, Photography and its Critics offers an overview of nineteenth-century American and European writing about photography from such disparate fields as art theory, social reform, and physiology. The earliest criticism of the invention was informed by an ample legacy of notions about objectivity, appearances, and copying. Received ideas about neutral vision, intuitive genius, and progress in art also shaped nineteenth-century understanding of photography. In this study, Mary Warner Marien argues that photography was an important social and cultural symbol for modernity and change in several fields, such as art and social reform. Moreover, she demonstrates how photography quickly emerged as a pliant symbol for modernity and change, one that could as easily oppose progress as promote democracy.

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  • 1. The origins of photographic discourse
  • 2. Photography and the modern in nineteenth-century thought
  • 3. Art, photography and society
  • 4. Forced to be free: photography, literacy, and mass culture
  • 5. The lure of modernity
  • Epilogue: ghosts: photography and the modern
  • Bibliographic survey.

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書名 Photography and its critics : a cultural history, 1839-1900
著作者等 Marien Mary Warner
シリーズ名 Cambridge perspectives on photography
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1997
ページ数 xvi, 222 p.
大きさ 26 cm
ISBN 0521550432
NCID BA40870748
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス