Techniques of the Observer: On Vision and Modernity in the Nineteenth Century

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Overview

Jonathan Crary's Techniques of the Observer provides a dramatically new perspective on the visual culture of the nineteenth century, reassessing problems of both visual modernism and social modernity. This analysis of the historical formation of the observer is a compelling account of the prehistory of the society of the spectacle."Jonathan Crary is Assistant Professor of Art History at Columbia University. He is a founding editor of Zone and Zone Books.

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Crary (art history, Bernard College and Columbia U.) outlines a genealogy of vision that challenges some standard assumptions about the history of film, photography, and modernist art. He argues against a continuity of Renaissance traditions, and for an abrupt break from classical models early in the 19th century. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262531078
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 2/25/1992
  • Series: October Books
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 183
  • Sales rank: 691,006
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Crary is Meyer Schapiro Professor of Modern Art and Theory at Columbia University. A founding editor of Zone Books, he is the author of Techniques of the Observer (MIT Press, 1990) and coeditor of Incorporations (Zone Books, 1992). He has been the recipient of Guggenheim, Getty, Mellon, and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1. Modernity and the Problem of the Observer
2. The Camera Obscura and Its Subject
3. Subjective Vision and the Separation of the Senses
4. Techniques of the Observer
5. Visionary Abstraction
Bibliography
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