Belknap, Geoffrey, From a photograph , 2016
- From a photograph : authenticity, science and the periodical press, 1870-1890 / by Geoffrey Belknap.
- London, UK ; New York, NY, USA : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016.
- Physical Description:
- xix, 268 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Reference LibraryTR820 .B39 2016 (LC)Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
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- Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-259) and index.
Throughout its early history, photography's authenticity was contested and challenged: how true a representation of reality can a photograph provide? Does the reproduction of a photograph affect its value as authentic or not? From a Photograph examines these questions in the light of the early scientific periodical press, exploring how the perceived veracity of a photograph, its use as scientific evidence and the technologies developed for printing it were intimately connected. Before photomechanical printing processes became widely used in the 1890s, scientific periodicals were unable to reproduce photographs and instead included these photographic images as engravings, with the label 'from a photograph'. Consequently, every image was mediated by a human interlocutor, introducing the potential for error and misinterpretation. Rather than 'reading' photographs in the context of where or how they were taken, this book emphasises the importance of understanding how photographs are reproduced. It explores and compares the value of photography as authentic proof in both popular and scientific publications during this period of significant technological developments and a growing readership.
- Subject Terms:
- Journalism, Pictorial -- History -- 19th century.Photography -- Scientific applications -- History -- 19th century.Photojournalism -- History -- 19th century.Phototographs -- Publishing -- History -- 19th century.Popular culture -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 19th century.