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"Singular Images, Failed Copies": William Henry Fox Talbot and the Early Photograph

Vered Maimon


The Photographic Imagination historicizes the conception of photography in the early nineteenth-century in England, in particular the works and texts by William Henry Fox Talbot, as part of a historical shift in which new systems and methods of knowledge were constituted after the collapse of natural philosophy as a viable framework for the study of nature. It locates the conditions for the conceptualization of photography within the legacy of British empiricism and the introduction of time into formations of knowledge. By addressing photography not merely as a medium or a system of representa ... More

Keywords: William Henry Fox Talbot, John Herschel, induction, index, simulacrum, imagination, pencil of nature, empiricism, camera obscura, picturesque

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816694716
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816694716.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vered Maimon, author
Tel Aviv University

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Part I British Science and the Conception of Photography

Part II Botanical Images and Historical Documents: The First Applications of Photography