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Photography Reframed
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
2016 (English)In: Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, ISSN 2000-1525, E-ISSN 2000-1525, Vol. 8, no 1, 3-19 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses the benefits ofanalysing photography as mediated, repro-duced and entangled in media systems, and consequently as part of a larger media culture. Moreover it combines technological considerations drawn from media ar-chaeology 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 interpre-tations 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 cen-tury, was evidently not fixed to materiality and rather opened and negotiated in the nineteenth century. Accordingly, responsiveness to the literal and figurative fram-ing of photography as mediated, discloses other photo histories.

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2016. Vol. 8, no 1, 3-19 p.
Keyword [en]
media history, photography, media specificity, Nineteenth century, album, illustrated press
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Humanities and the Arts
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Art History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-141177DOI: 10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1681OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-141177DiVA: diva2:1086458
Available from: 2017-04-03 Created: 2017-04-03 Last updated: 2017-04-05Bibliographically approved

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