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"An extremely fascinating study, packed with insights and illumination and astute observation. It is first-rate philosophy—clearheaded, imaginative, sophisticated, and resourceful. And in its historical and technological dimensions, it connects with the 'real world' in ways that are rare in philosophical studies."—Kendall Walton, University of Michigan"For Patrick Maynard photography is in the first instance a technology for marking surfaces, and from this insight flows the most original sustained analysis and argument yet produced in the history of thinking about the camera and its work. At once analytical and historical, scientific and aesthetic, as lucid and witty as it is learned, The Engine of Visualization spells out the simplest general principles necessary for a clear understanding of what photography—also technology, image, and art—is and does. This is a signal achievement, and a simply lovely book."—Alan Trachtenberg, Yale UniversityIn the first philosophical book wholly about photography, Patrick Maynard dispels some basic, persistent confusions by treating photography as a technology—a way to enhance and filter human power. Once photography is understood as a kind of technology, Maynard argues, insights about technology may be applied to provide the general perspective on photography that has been missing.
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"Philosopher Patrick Maynard makes a provocative case for revising commonly held definitions of photography."—Technology and Culture

"The Engine of Visualization: Thinking Through Photography by Patrick Maynard makes an original contribution to the ongoing conversation about photography by calling attention to the unexpected forms into which the 'technology' of photography has been evolving."—The Art Book

"For Patrick Maynard photography is in the first instance a technology for marking surfaces, and from this insight flows the most original sustained analysis and argument yet produced in the history of thinking about the camera and its work. At once analytical and historical, scientific and aesthetic, as lucid and witty as it is learned, The Engine of Visualization spells out the simplest general principles necessary for a clear understanding of what photography—also technology, image, and art—is and does. This is a signal achievement, and a simply lovely book."—Alan Trachtenberg, Yale University

"An extremely fascinating study, packed with insights and illumination and astute observation. It is first-rate philosophy—clearheaded, imaginative, sophisticated, and resourceful. And in its historical and technological dimensions, it connects with the 'real world' in ways that are rare in philosophical studies."—Kendall Walton, University of Michigan

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801486890
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
I Photography as Technology 3
II Making Our Marks 12
III Visualizing Technology 63
IV Imagining Technology 83
V Seeing Machines 117
VI In Praise of Shadows 149
VII Photo Fidelities I: "Photographic Seeing" 191
VIII Photo Fidelities II: Manifestation and Participation 228
IX Art and the "Agents of Apollo" 257
References 311
Index 325
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