Theories of Photography: A Short History


“Theories of Photography: A Short History”

Sabine T. Kriebel

pp.3-49 in Photography Theory, edited by James Elkins, published by Routledge, London.


[…] a clear definition of intrinsic, universal qualities of a photograph would appear to be, at the very outset, hampered by its dependance on technological change.

To speak of “the photograph” would be to speak of its multiplicity and malleability.


[should we study photographies object, practice, or function??]

Just as the physical composition of the photograph changes, so too does the cultural perception of photography, which Burgin suggests is imbricated in its theorization.

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