Picturing Place: Photography and the Geographical Imagination

Overview

The advent of photography opened new worlds to 19th-century viewers, who became able to visualize themselves, their immediate surroundings, their communities, and the world beyond. The geographical imagination—the ability to know the world and situate oneself in space and time—fostered the expectations and applications of photographic technologies, and photographic technologies expresses the form and reach of the geographical imagination. This dialectic is the basis of this collection of intriguing essays, which ...

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Overview

The advent of photography opened new worlds to 19th-century viewers, who became able to visualize themselves, their immediate surroundings, their communities, and the world beyond. The geographical imagination—the ability to know the world and situate oneself in space and time—fostered the expectations and applications of photographic technologies, and photographic technologies expresses the form and reach of the geographical imagination. This dialectic is the basis of this collection of intriguing essays, which explore the diverse ways in which the relationship manifested.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860647529
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/19/2003
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,049,489
  • Product dimensions: 6.81 (w) x 9.78 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Schwartz is Senior Photography Specialist at the National Archives of Canada.

James Ryan is Lecturer in Human Geography in the School of Geography, Queen's University, Belfast.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Producing Place
La Mission Héliographique : Architectural Photography, Collective Memory, and the Patrimony of France 1851—M. Christine Boyer
• Retracing the Outlines of Rome: Intertextuality and Imaginative Geographies in 19th-Century Photographs—Maria Antonella Pelizzari
• Visualizing Eternity: Photographic Constructions of the Grand Canyon—David E. Nye
• Family as Place: Family Photograph Albums and the Domestication of Public and Private Space—Deborah Chambers
Part II: Framing the Nation
• Picturing Nations: Landscape Photography and National Identity in Britain and Germany in the Mid-19th Century—Jens Jäger
• Capturing and Losing the "Lie of the Land": Railway Photography and Colonial Nationalism in Early-20th-Century South Africa—Jeremy Foster
• Constructing the State, Managing the Corporation, Transforming the Individual: Photography, Imagination, and the Canadian National Railways, 1925-1930—Brian S. Osborne
Part III: Colonial Encounters
• Emperors of the Gaze: Photographic Practices and Productions of Space in Egypt, 1839-1914—Derek Gregory
• Mapping a Sacred Geography: Photographic Surveys by the Royal Engineers in the Hold Land, 1864-1868—Kathleen Stewart Howe
• Home and Empire: Photographs of British Families in the Lucknow Album, 1856-1857—Alison Blunt
• Negotiating Spaces: Some Photographic Ideas in the Western Pacific, 1883-1884—Elizabeth Edwards
• Epilogue: Wunderkammer to World Wide Web: Picturing Place in the Post-Photographic Era—William J. Mitchell

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