Title:
Photography Reframed
Author:
Anna Dahlgren: Stockholm University, Sweden
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.16813
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Year:
2016
Volume:
8
Issue:
1
Pages:
3-19
No. of pages:
17
Publication type:
Article
Published:
2016-04-12


This article discusses the benefits of analysing photography as mediated, reproduced and entangled in media systems, and consequently as part of a larger media culture. Moreover it combines technological considerations drawn from media archaeology with art historical analysis focusing on visual aesthetics. It considers two mediating devices for photography in the nineteenth century, the photo album and the illustrated press. As displayed, a media historical perspective airs new interpretations and understandings of processes and practices in relation to photography in the period. Thus what from a photo historical point of view might appear as an important, paradigmatic invention or a critical technical delimitation might from a media historical perspective seem to have been merely a small adjustment in a chain of gradual improvements and experiments in the dissemination and consumption of images. Thus photographic media specificity delimited by technical procedures and certain materials outputs, which was so strongly emphasized in the twentieth century, was evidently not fixed to materiality and rather opened and negotiated in the nineteenth century. Accordingly, responsiveness to the literal and figurative framing of photography as mediated, discloses other photo histories.

Keywords: Media history; photography; media specificity; Nineteenth century; album; illustrated press

Volume 8, Issue: 1, Article 2, 2016

Author:
Anna Dahlgren
Title:
Photography Reframed:
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.16813
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