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"Singular Images, Failed Copies"William Henry Fox Talbot and the Early Photograph$
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Vered Maimon

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816694716

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816694716.001.0001

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Scientific Method

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(p.3) 1 Scientific Method
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"Singular Images, Failed Copies"
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Vered Maimon

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816694716.003.0001

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.

Keywords:   William Henry Fox Talbot, Some Account of the Art of Photogenic Drawing, Induction, Photography, Scientific method, Industrial labor

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