The ‘Other’ in the history of photography

Because photography was seen as the ideal tool for providing evidence due to its perceived indexicality, it was used to observe and record the face and head. In the 1850s and 1860s the British eugenicist Francis Galton obtained portrait photographs of criminals from the archive of Millbank Prison. He meticulously re-photographed theses pictures, exposing aContinue reading “The ‘Other’ in the history of photography”

Definition of ‘Other’

Stephen Bull in his book Photography (2010) Abingdon: Routledge. Bull discusses how in the 18th and 19th century anthropology linked to colonialism recorded and catalogued native people around the world allowing comparison across races and with the intention of comparing who and what they considered superior and who and what was in their opinion inferior.Continue reading “Definition of ‘Other’”

Bibliography

Books Bang, M. (2000) Picture This How Pictures Work, San Francisco: Chronicle Books LLC. Barthes, R. (2000) Camera Lucida, London: Vintage. Barthes, R. (1977) Image Music Text, London: Fontana Press. Berger, J. (1980) About Looking, London: Bloomsbury. Berger, J. (1972) Ways of Seeing, London, Penguin. Bright, S. (ed.) (2013) Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood, London:Continue reading “Bibliography”

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