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The Expanding Eye

Photography and the Nineteenth-Century Mind, 1st Edition

By Alan Thomas


170 pages

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First published in 1978. In this title, Alan Thomas examines the invention of photography in the early nineteenth century. How the members of this first "visual" generation used photography and how it changed their perceptions of the world are the subjects of this lavishly illustrated book. As the author convincingly shows, the camera’s presence was felt nearly everywhere during the course of the nineteenth century. Approaching the subject topically, Thomas surveys the work of the early photographers in terms of its motivation, insights, and impact on society. The book is rounded out with sections on other genres of photography – theatrical, landscape, and social realism – that amply document the far-reaching impact of this phenomenon on nineteenth-century sensibilities.

Table of Contents

1. The Expanding Gaze 2. The Journeying Eye 3. The Family Chronicle 4. Fashionable Display 5. Players and Beauties 6. Views of the Known 7. The Language of the Ordinary; Notes; Suggestions for Further Reading; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Art and Culture in the Nineteenth Century

This set of 11 volumes, originally published between 1946 and 2001, amalgamates a wide breadth of research on Art and Culture in the Nineteenth Century, including studies on photography, theatre, opera, and music. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject how it has evolved over time, and will be of particular interest to students of art and cultural history.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General