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Bear, Jordan, author.

Disillusioned : Victorian photography and the discerning subject / Jordan Bear.

University Park, Pennsylvania : The Pennsylvania State University Press, [2015]
Physical Description:
xiv, 198 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Reference Library
TR148 .B43 2015 (LC)
Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-190) and index.
"Examines how photographic trickery in the 1850s and 1860s participated in the fashioning of the modern subject. Integrates images of the Victorian period into a new and expansive interpretive framework by locating specific mechanisms of photographic deception"--Provided by publisher.
Subject Terms:
Photography -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Trick photography -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.

  • Introduction: the history of photography and the problem of knowledge
  • See for yourself : visual discernment and photography's appearance
  • Shadowy organization : combination photography, illusion, and conspiracy
  • Same time tomorrow : serial photographs and the structure of industrial vision
  • Hand in hand : gender and collaboration in Victorian photography
  • Signature style : Francis Frith and the rise of corporate photographic authorship
  • Indistinct relics : discerning the origins of photography
  • The limits of looking : the tiny, distant, and rapid subjects of photography. Conclusion : "normal" photography : the legacy of a history.