1st Edition

The Camera as Actor Photography and the Embodiment of Technology

Edited By Amy Cox Hall Copyright 2021
    172 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    Amy Cox Hall is a writer and cultural anthropologist.