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Singular images, failed copies

by Vered Maimon | 25 October 2015
Category: Art & Design
Synopsis
Focusing on early nineteenth-century England?and on the works and texts of the inventor of paper photography, William Henry Fox Talbot?Singular Images, Failed Copies historicizes the conceptualization of photography in that era as part of a major historical change.Treating photography not merely as a medium or a system of representation but also as an epistemology, Vered Maimon challenges today\u2019s prevalent association of the early photograph with the camera obscura. Instead, she points to material, formal, and conceptual differences between those two types of images by considering the philosophical and aesthetic premises linked with early photography. Through this analysis she argues that the emphasis in Talbot\u2019s accounts on the removal of the \u201cartist\u2019s hand\u201d in favor of \u201cthe pencil of nature\u201d did not mark a shift from manual to \u201cmechanical\u201d and more accurate or \u201cobjective\u201d systems of representation.In Singular Images, Failed Copies, Maimon shows that the perception of the photographic image in the 1830s and 1840s was in fact symptomatic of a crisis in the epistemological framework that had informed philosophical, scientific, and aesthetic thought for two centuries.
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Synopsis
Focusing on early nineteenth-century England?and on the works and texts of the inventor of paper photography, William Henry Fox Talbot?Singular Images, Failed Copies historicizes the conceptualization of photography in that era as part of a major historical change.Treating photography not merely as a medium or a system of representation but also as an epistemology, Vered Maimon challenges today\u2019s prevalent association of the early photograph with the camera obscura. Instead, she points to material, formal, and conceptual differences between those two types of images by considering the philosophical and aesthetic premises linked with early photography. Through this analysis she argues that the emphasis in Talbot\u2019s accounts on the removal of the \u201cartist\u2019s hand\u201d in favor of \u201cthe pencil of nature\u201d did not mark a shift from manual to \u201cmechanical\u201d and more accurate or \u201cobjective\u201d systems of representation.In Singular Images, Failed Copies, Maimon shows that the perception of the photographic image in the 1830s and 1840s was in fact symptomatic of a crisis in the epistemological framework that had informed philosophical, scientific, and aesthetic thought for two centuries.
€36.39
109 Reward Points
Currently out of stock
Delivery in 5-7 Days
Eligible for free delivery

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Product Details

ISBN - 9780816694723
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Published - 25/10/2015
Categories - All, Books, Art and Photography, Art, Art & Design
No. of Pages - 288
Weight - 432
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Page Size - 0
Language - en-US
Readership Age - Not Available
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