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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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Camera Hunting in America

Camera Hunting in America

(p.25) Chapter 2 Camera Hunting in America
Developing Animals

Matthew Brower

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the 1890s American practice of camera hunting in relation to issues of gender and nationalism. In camera hunting, photographers adapted hunting techniques to assist in the production of animal photographs. These photographers described their practice as hunting and their photographs as trophies. The chapter focuses on the photographs’ circulation in hunting journals, general interest magazines, and books. To explain the gendered structures of camera hunting, it examines Theodore Roosevelt’s advocacy of camera hunting, as a way to preserve both game and hunting’s cultivation of virility, in order to explicate the logics underlying the practice. It draws on Krauss’s concept of photographic discursive spaces to position camera hunting as a discursive space in nineteenth-century photography. The chapter also investigates the logics of the hunting trophy in order to suggest that trophies constitute a modality of photographic appropriation. The analysis of trophy photography supports a rethinking of the oft-cited link between photography and death.

Keywords:   animal photographs, animal photography, wildlife photography, camera hunting, gender, nationalism, Theodore Roosevelt, trophy photography

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