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Routledge History of Photography


About the Series

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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The Camera as Actor Photography and the Embodiment of Technology

The Camera as Actor: Photography and the Embodiment of Technology

1st Edition

Edited By Amy Cox Hall
November 30, 2020

Looking beyond the impact photographs have on the perpetuation and expression of social norms and stereotypes, and the influence of the act of taking a photograph, this new collection brings together international scholars to examine the camera itself as an actor.  Bringing the camera back into ...

Empire, Early Photography and Spectacle The Global Career of Showman Daguerreotypist J.W. Newland

Empire, Early Photography and Spectacle: The Global Career of Showman Daguerreotypist J.W. Newland

1st Edition

By Elisa deCourcy, Martyn Jolly
November 24, 2020

James William Newland’s (1810–1857) career as a showman daguerreotypist began in the United States but expanded into Central and South America, across the Pacific to New Zealand and colonial Australia and onto India. Newland used the latest developments in photography, theatre and spectacle to...

Experimental Self-Portraits in Early French Photography

Experimental Self-Portraits in Early French Photography

1st Edition

By Jillian Lerner
November 17, 2020

This book explores a range of experimental self-portraits made in France between 1840 and 1870, including remarkable images by Hippolyte Bayard, Nadar, Duchenne de Boulogne, and Countess de Castiglione. Adapting photography for different social purposes, each of these pioneers showcased their own ...

Fragmentation of the Photographic Image in the Digital Age

Fragmentation of the Photographic Image in the Digital Age

1st Edition

Edited By Daniel Rubinstein
October 10, 2019

Fragmentation of the Photographic Image in the Digital Age challenges orthodoxies of photographic theory and practice. Beyond understanding the image as a static representation of reality, it shows photography as a linchpin of dynamic developments in augmented intelligence, neuroscience, critical ...

Photography and Imagination

Photography and Imagination

1st Edition

Edited By Amos Morris-Reich, Margaret Olin
October 10, 2019

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...

Photography, Temporality, and Modernity Time Warped

Photography, Temporality, and Modernity: Time Warped

1st Edition

By Kris Belden-Adams
January 28, 2019

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 ...

Photography and Ontology Unsettling Images

Photography and Ontology: Unsettling Images

1st Edition

Edited By Donna West Brett, Natalya Lusty
September 10, 2018

This edited collection explores the complex ways in which photography is used and interpreted: as a record of evidence, as a form of communication, as a means of social and political provocation, as a mode of surveillance, as a narrative of the self, and as an art form. What makes photographic ...

The Pioneering Photographic Work of Hercule Florence

The Pioneering Photographic Work of Hercule Florence

1st Edition

By Boris Kossoy
December 15, 2017

This book delivers an in-depth analysis of Hercule Florence, who is virtually unknown despite being among the world’s photographic pioneers. Based on the texts of various manuscripts, letters, diaries, notes, and advertisements, this book answers numerous questions surrounding Florence’s work, ...

Travel Marketing and Popular Photography in Britain, 1888–1939 Reading the Travel Image

Travel Marketing and Popular Photography in Britain, 1888–1939: Reading the Travel Image

1st Edition

By Sara Dominici
October 06, 2017

This book explores how popular photography influenced the representation of travel in Britain in the period from the Kodak-led emergence of compact cameras in 1888, to 1939. The book examines the implications of people’s increasing familiarity with the language and possibilities of photography on ...

Liminalities of Gender and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century Iranian Photography Desirous Bodies

Liminalities of Gender and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century Iranian Photography: Desirous Bodies

1st Edition

By Staci Gem Scheiwiller
December 07, 2016

Nineteenth-century Iran was an ocularcentered society predicated on visuality and what was seen and unseen, and photographs became liminal sites of desire that maneuvered "betwixt and between" various social spaces—public, private, seen, unseen, accessible, and forbidden—thus mapping, graphing, and...

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