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Author Beegan, Gerry.

Title The mass image [electronic resource] ; A social history of photomechanical reproduction in Victorian London / Gerry Beegan.

Published Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.


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Physical description 320 p.
Notes Ebook.
Originally published in: 2008.
Contents Introduction: Mass Reproduction and the Mass Audience Imaging the City: London and the Media in the 1890s Wood Engraving: Facsimile and Fragmentation Process Reproduction and the Image Assembly Line The Illustration of the Everyday The Photograph on the Page Learning to Read the Halftone Bibliography.
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Summary The Mass Image situates the creation of the first photographically illustrated magazines within the social relations of the emerging popular culture of late Victorian London. It demonstrates how photomechanical reproduction allowed the illustrated press to envisage modern life on a much more intense scale than ever before. Walter Benjamin's The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (1936) identified the cultural shift that occurred at the end of the nineteenth century, when photomechanical techniques destabilized existing visual hierarchies and helped initiate the modern media. The Mass Image provides the first substantial account of the emergence of the photographically reproduced image as it traces the expansion of imagery that transformed the artistic and cultural landscape of the 1890s.This book looks in detail at the illustrators, photographers, editors, publishers, wood engravers, and reproduction firms who commissioned, originated, and produced images in popular illustrated magazines. The book demonstrates that photomechanical reproduction was central to an explosion of hybrid hand drawn and photographic imagery. These visual fragments provided readers with a meaningful picture of the surfaces of everyday modernity.
'Taking as his starting point the key insight that 'new illustrated magazines both produced and reflected the visibility that was central to modernity, Gerry Beegan here offers a detailed account of late Victorian London based periodicals and their illustration. In bringing together a study of photo-reprographic modes, techniques and potentialities with detailed analysis of how illustration constructed self-perceptions among the readers of illustrated journalism, Beegan has written an extremely well informed, conceptually sophisticated and pioneering study of the late Victorian press. Complex yet accessible, his book will be essential reading for all those interested in the cultural politics of the image, and further demonstration of the insights that book history brings to our understanding of the past.' - Dr. Brian Maidment, Research Professor in Print History, University of Salford, UK 'An experienced graphic designer, Gerry Beegan combines practical knowledge with theoretical insight and astute cultural analysis in this groundbreaking social history of the mass image in 1890s London. In an engaging style grounded in lucidly described technical particulars and thoroughly researched historical examples, Beegan demonstrates the essential hybridity of process engraving as a mixture of hand and machine technologies and maps the emergence of modern graphic design in the development of halftone illustration. This study will be a necessary resource for students and scholars studying modernity, the popular press, and the image in the age of photomechanical reproduction.' - Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, Professor and Chair, Department of English, Ryerson University, Toronto.
System notes Adobe Ebook Reader.
History notes GERRY BEEGAN is a design historian, designer, and curator who teaches at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, USA. His writings have been published internationally in venues such as the Journal of Visual Culture, Design Issues, the Journal of Design History and dot dot dot magazine.
Subject Media studies.
British & Irish history.
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000.
Social & cultural history.
Media Studies.
ISBN 9780230589926 : 涮70
0230589928 : 涮70