Burning With Desire

Burning With Desire The Conception of Photography

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Publisher's Synopsis

In an 1828 letter to his partner, Louis Daguerre wrote, "I am burning with desire to see your experiments from nature." In this book, Geoffrey Batchen analyzes the desire to photograph as it emerged within the philosophical and scientific milieus that preceeded the actual invention of photography. Recent accounts of photography's identity tend to divide between the postmodern view that all identity is determined by context and a formalist effort to define the fundamental characteristics of photography as a medium. Batchen critiques both approaches by way of a detailed discussion of photography's conception in the late-18th and early-19th centuries.;In this refiguring of the traditional story of photography's origins, Batchen examines the output of the various nominees for "first photographer," then incorporates this information into a mode of historical criticism informed by the work of Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida. The result is a way of thinking about photography that accords with the medium's conceptual, political, and historical complexity.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262024273
Publisher: MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 770.9
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 273
Weight: 910g
Height: 237mm
Width: 200mm
Spine width: 24mm