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Author Marien, Mary Warner.

Title Photography and its critics : a cultural history, 1839-1900 / Mary Warner Marien.

Published Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1997.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  770 Mar    AVAILABLE
Physical description xvi, 222 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Series Cambridge perspectives on photography.
Cambridge perspectives on photography.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Preface: Photography Is the Modern World -- 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.
Summary Photography and Its Critics offers an original 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.
Subject Photographic criticism -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Photographic criticism -- Europe -- History -- 19th century.
Photography -- Philosophy -- History -- 19th century.
ISBN 0521550432 (hc)