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OUT and ABOUT: The experience of topological photography

Professor Elizabeth Edwards

This project has emerged from my research for Camera as Historian: Amateur Photographers and Historical Imagination 1885-1918 (Duke University Press 2012). A central form of the sociability of amateur photographic practice in the late nineteenth was ‘the photographic ramble’ or ‘photographic excursion’. Drawing on new work on phenomenological anthropologies of space and embodiment, I am excavating the experience of photography for amateurs in the late nineteenth century and asking how we might understand photographs of landscape and historical topography if they are rescued from the analytical structures of objective/subjective dichotomies and linked instead to emotion, activity and especially movement in a way that brings together bodies, experience and ideas of locality in analysis of the production of photographs.

 

 

 
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