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This chapter thus focuses on Talbot’s first 1839 discovery account, “Some Account of the Art of Photogenic Drawing.” It argues that by evoking the inductive method Talbot didn’t assign a privileged epistemological status to photography because during this time the validity of induction as a scientific method was challenged. Talbot conceptualized photography as a copying method that is based on theories of industrial labor and on deskilling.
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