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The Camera as Actor
Photography and the Embodiment of Technology

Edited By

Amy Cox Hall

ISBN 9781350111974
Published November 30, 2020 by Routledge
172 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 view, this volume furthers our understanding of how, and in what ways, imaging technology shapes us, our lives, and the representations out of which we fashion knowledge, base our judgments and ultimately act. Through a broad range of case studies, the authors in this collection make the convincing claim that the camera is much more than a mechanical device brought to life by the photographer. 

This book will be of interest to scholars in photography, visual culture, anthropology and the history of photography.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction

Amy Cox Hall

    Part I: Millennium Camera,

    Amy Cox Hall

2. The Camera as a Meeting Place for Decision Making

Asko Lehmuskallio

3. The Camera-Body’s V: A Media Archaeology of Tiny Viewfinderless Cameras as Technologies of Action Lisa Cartwright and Andy Rice

    Part II: Making the Camera

    Tim Pinault

4. A Wooden Box, Tripod and Cloth: The Role of Alaminüt Photography in the Making of Modern Turkey

Ozge Calafato

5. "Buy Film Not Megapixels": The Role of Analogue Cameras in the Rematerialization of Photography and the Configuration of Resistant Amateurism

Sergio Minniti

    Part III: The Leica Tattoo

    Amy Cox Hall

6. The Camera as a Device for Sociality: Photography and Young Male Adults with Autism Spectrum Condition

Uschi Klein

7. Becoming the Camera: Constructing RoboCops with Body-Worn Video

Jessica J. Chapman

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Amy Cox Hall is a writer and cultural anthropologist.