Photography and Sculpture: The Art Object in Reproduction

Photography and Sculpture: The Art Object in Reproduction


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Ever since the mid-nineteenth century, when the new medium of photography was pressed into service to illustrate sculpture, photographs of sculptural objects have directed viewers as to what, in the course of ambling around a sculpture, was the single perfect moment to stop and look. What is the photograph’s place in writing the history of sculpture? How has it changed according to culture, generation, criti-cal conviction, and changes in media? Photography and Sculpture: The Art Object in Reproduction studies aspects of these questions from the perspectives of sixteen leading art historians. Their essays consider iconic photographs, archival collections, new and forgotten technologies, and conceptual challenges in photographing three-dimensional forms that have directed changing historical and stylistic attitudes about how we see, write about, and narrate histories of sculpture. Chapters on such varied topics as picturing Conceptual art, manipulating sacred images in India to be non-photographs, and framing Roman art with an iPad illustrate the latent visual and narrative powers and ever-expanding potential of these images of sculpture. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606065341
Publisher: Getty Publications
Publication date: 12/01/2017
Series: Issues & Debates Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Sarah Hamill is assistant professor of modern and contemporary art at Oberlin College. Megan R. Luke is assistant professor of art history at the University of Southern California.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: Reproductive Vision: Photography as a History of Sculpture Sarah Hamill Megan R. Luke 1

Plates 33

Reimagining the Classical Past

"Pictorial Silhouettes" and Their Surroundings: Antique Sculpture and Archaeological Photography Stefanie Klamm 50

Sculpture from Behind Jeremy Melius 67

Photography as Carving: The Folios of Clarence Kennedy Sarah Hamill 81

Burckhardt's Eyes: The Photography of Renaissance Architecture between Pedagogy and the Museum Alina Payne 99

Perceiving Sculpture through Photography

The Long Arm of the Lens: Photography, Colonialism, and African Sculpture Suzanne Preston Blier 120

Artificial Blindness: Objecthood and the Photography of Sculpture Megan R. Luke 138

Sleight of Eye: Man Ray, Duchamp, and the Photography of New Sculptural Forms Anne McCauley 153

The Sight of Sculpture Stephen Melville 175

Technologizing Experience

Solid Sight: Sculpture in Stereo Britt Salvesen 192

A Virtual Presence in Space D. N. Rodowick 210

For an Ethnosociology of Sculpture and Photography in India Christopher Pinney 222

Evidence of Sculpture Jeffrey Weiss 235


Pronk Photography Geoffrey Batchen 252

Sculpture in Photography Alex Potts 261

Sculpture's Present, Photography's Past Anne M. Wagner 270


Photographing Sculpture, Sculpting Photography Geraldine A. Johnson 276

Biographical Notes on Contributors 291

Illustration Credits 292

Index 293

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