Photography, Temporality, and Modernity: Time Warped, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Photography, Temporality, and Modernity

Time Warped, 1st Edition

By Kris Belden-Adams


182 pages | 48 B/W Illus.

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Hardback: 9781138544314
pub: 2019-01-28
SAVE ~$30.00
eBook (VitalSource) : 9781138544321
pub: 2019-01-14
from $27.48

FREE Standard Shipping!


This book examines the photography’s unique capacity to represent time with a degree of elasticity and abstraction. Part object-study, part cultural/philosophical history, it examines the medium’s ability to capture and sometimes "defy" time, while also traveling as objects across time-and-space nexuses. The book features studies of understudied, widespread, practices: studio portraiture, motion studies, panoramas, racing photo finishes, composite college class pictures, planetary photography, digital montages, and extended-exposure images. A closer look at these images and their unique cultural/historical contexts reveals photography to be a unique medium for expressing changing perceptions of time, and the anxiety its passage provokes.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Photography and Time; Chapter 2: Photography, Instantaneity, and the "Frozen Moment"; Chapter 3: The Fluidity of "Narrative Time"; Chapter 4: Asynchronous, "Sculptural" Time and the Racing Photo Finish; Chapter 5: A "Tapestry" of Synthetic, Hypothetical Digital Time: NASA's Whole-Earth Photogarphs as "Data Visaualizations"; Chapter 6: Conclusions; Index

About the Author

Kris Belden-Adams is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Mississippi, and specializes in the history and theory of photography and contemporary art. She is the author of Photography, Eugenics, ‘Aristogenics’: Picturing Privilege (2019), and the editor and contributor of two chapters to the volume Photography and Failure: One Medium’s Entanglement With Mishaps, Flops, and Disappointments (2017).

About the Series

Routledge History of Photography

This new series will publish research monographs and edited collections focusing on the history and theory of photography. These original, scholarly books may take an art historical, visual studies, or material studies approach. Interdisciplinary books are encouraged.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Criticism & Theory
ART / History / General
ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
ART / Digital
SCIENCE / History