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Developing AnimalsWildlife and Early American Photography$
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Matthew Brower

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816654789

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816654789.001.0001

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A Red Herring: The Animal Body, Representation, and Historicity

A Red Herring: The Animal Body, Representation, and Historicity

(p.1) Chapter 1 A Red Herring: The Animal Body, Representation, and Historicity
Developing Animals

Matthew Brower

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explores the conception of animality and animal representation at work prior to the development of live animal photography. It analyzes two photographs taken by Welsh photographer John Dillwyn Llewelyn in Wales in the 1850s. Some of Llewelyn’s early animal photographs are iconographically indistinguishable from wildlife photographs. It is argued that to read them as such is to misread these images by reducing them to contemporary terms of understanding. More importantly, to do so is to miss their importance for highlighting the relations between photographic function, the development of photographic technology, and broader epistemic conditions. The chapter situates Llewelyn’s photographs within nineteenth-century animal photography and traces the development of the practice from the 1840s to the 1890s.

Keywords:   animality, animal representation, animal photography, wildlife photography, John Dillwyn Llewelyn

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