Revisions: an alternative history of photography

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National Museum [of] Photography, Film & Television, National Museum of Science & Industry, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 119 pages
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This fascinating book asks the reader to think again about the accepted understanding of photographic history. Published to celebrate the re-opening of the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford, the books takes a broad collective sweep across photography, releasing it from categorizing ghettos of art or science.In doing so, it re-presents the history of photography holistically, taking collective ownership of photography's many diverse and splendid applications.Ian Jeffrey proposes a new and powerful history of the medium. He presents an account which identifies both technical and aesthetic advances which have played a specific part in driving forward the photographic agenda, some hitherto ignored or even dismissed as trivial. From X-ray and photomicrography right through to chronophotography and the development of colour, each advance is considered and justified within the broadest social, scientific, aesthetic, even literary context. Through this he demonstrates how photography and the 'unconscious' culture are inseparable.

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Contents

Foreword Amanda Nevill
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Preface
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Actualities in 1839
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Copyright

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About the author (1999)

Ian Jeffrey is a photography writer, lecturer and curator. His other books include The Photography Book also published by Phaidon, Portraits of Artists (2000) and Revisions: An Alternative History of Photography (1999).

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