The Politics of Focus: Women, Children, and Nineteenth-century Photography

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Manchester University Press, 1998 - Photography - 136 pages
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Starting with Walter Benjamin's analogy of photography with magic, this text reconstructs 19th-century photography by considering its history and theorization, with reference to both the figure of the child and the photographs and photographic practices of Victorian women. It provides an interdisciplinary perspective of the subject and its politics of focus, focus serving both as a photographic condition, and as a sign for broader questions of historical and cultural emphasis, in accounts of photographic discourse.

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