Theories of Photography: A Short History

03Sep09

“Theories of Photography: A Short History”

Sabine T. Kriebel

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

p.4

[…] 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.

p.5

[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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