The Engine of Visualization: Thinking Through Photography

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Cornell University Press, 2000 - Photography - 331 pages
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"An extremely fascinating study, packed with insights and illumination and astute observation. It is first-rate philosophy—clearheaded, imaginative, sophisticated, and resourceful. And in its historical and technological dimensions, it connects with the 'real world' in ways that are rare in philosophical studies."—Kendall Walton, University of Michigan"For Patrick Maynard photography is in the first instance a technology for marking surfaces, and from this insight flows the most original sustained analysis and argument yet produced in the history of thinking about the camera and its work. At once analytical and historical, scientific and aesthetic, as lucid and witty as it is learned, The Engine of Visualization spells out the simplest general principles necessary for a clear understanding of what photography—also technology, image, and art—is and does. This is a signal achievement, and a simply lovely book."—Alan Trachtenberg, Yale UniversityIn the first philosophical book wholly about photography, Patrick Maynard dispels some basic, persistent confusions by treating photography as a technology—a way to enhance and filter human power. Once photography is understood as a kind of technology, Maynard argues, insights about technology may be applied to provide the general perspective on photography that has been missing.
 

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Contents

Photography as Technology ܚ
3
Making Our Marks
22
Walker Evans Backyard 1932
29
William Henry Fox Talbot Lace
43
Visualizing Technology
63
R W H M Screw Liner Hogue Towing H M S Caledonia 1850
65
Anon Puffing Billy Locomotive Wylam Colliery Northumberland
66
Imagining Technology
83
Umbo Otto Umbehr Mystery of the Street
159
Annular Eclipse Shadow 10 May 1994
165
Guercino Giovanni Francesco Barbieri The Adoration of the Magi
180
Photographic Seeing
191
William Henry Fox Talbot View of the Boulevards at Paris
205
Manifestation and Participation
228
Lewis W Hine Top of the Mooring Mast Empire State Building
250
Art and the Agents of Apollo
257

George Cruikshank At Home in the Nursery
98
Helen Levitt New York c 1940
102
Lacock C of E School III
111
Racetech Epsom Derby Race 13637
136
In Praise of Shadows
149
George Cruikshank Sun Drawing
150
John Constable Malvern Hall and the Conservatory from the South West
295
Helen Levitt New York c 1938
300
William Henry Fox Talbot The Open Door
308
References
311
Index
325
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Patrick Maynard is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario. He is the author of Drawing Distinctions: The Varieties of Graphic Expression, also from Cornell.

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