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Photography and Imagination

1st Edition

Edited by Amos Morris-Reich, Margaret Olin


210 pages | 26 Color Illus. | 50 B/W Illus.

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As the prototypical exemplar of modern visual technology, photography was once viewed as a way to enable vision to bypass imagination, producing more reliable representations of reality. But as an achievement of technological modernity, photography can also be seen as a way to realize a creation of the imagination more vividly than can painting or drawing. Photography and Imagination investigates, from diverse points of view focusing on both theory and practice, the relation between these two terms. The book explores their effect on photography’s capacity, through various forms and modalities of imaginative investments and displacements, to affect even reality itself.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Steffen Siegel, "Cat in the Window? A Closer Look at How People Try to Have a Closer Look"; Chapter Two: Meir Wigoder, The Surface-Depth of Photography’s Stereoscopic Imagination; Chapter Three: Mary Bergstein, "Radiant Matter: X-ray Photography and the Visual Imagination of Sigmund Freud and Thomas Mann"; Chapter Four: Jas´ Elsner, "The Artemidorus Papyrus: Imagination and the Digital-Photographic Archaeology of Pictures"; Chapter Five: Hagi Keenan, Photography’s Imagination: The Visible and the Invisible; Chapter Six: Britta Lange, "Photography and the Imagination of Authorship. Karl May's Picture Cards from 1896"; Chapter Seven: Amos Morris-Reich, "Photography and Imagination in Nazi ‘Racial Science’"; Chapter Eight: Margaret Olin, "Attentiveness and Visual Imagination in Looking and Photographing: A Gay Liberation Rally in Chicago 1970"; Chapter Nine: Shawn Michelle Smith, "The Performative Index: James VanDerZee, Roland Barthes, Lorna Simpson and the Photographic Imagination"; Chapter Ten: Vered Maimon, "Photography and the Possibility of Return"; Chapter Eleven: Jung Joon Lee, "Queering Imagination, Queering Futurity: A Methodological Approach to Military Photograph"; Chapter Twelve: Blake Stimson, "The Idol of Imagination: Manhatta"; Epilogue: Photography and the Question of the Image

About the Editors

Amos Morris-Reich is Professor in the Department of Jewish History and Thought at the University of Haifa, Israel.

Margaret Olin is Senior Research Scholar in the Divinity School at Yale University, USA.

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.

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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 / Subjects & Themes / Portraits
PHILOSOPHY / Aesthetics