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Burning with Desire: The Conception of Photography

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In an 1828 letter to his partner Nicephore Niepce, Louis Daguerre wrote, "I am burning with desire to see your experiments from nature." In this book, Geoffrey Batchen analyzes the desire to photograph as it emerged within the philosophical and scientific milieus that preceded the actual invention of photography. Recent accounts of photography's identity tend to divide bet ...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published March 15th 1999 by Mit Press (first published September 1st 1997)
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Chad
Apr 11, 2008 Chad rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: you, nerd!
Not just a book on photography's invention. It does not discuss the importance of who invented what first but rather who was moving in what direction in order to invent photography and why it was happening. Why did society demand for the photographic image?
Analu
Jul 04, 2009 Analu rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book quite a lot..must buy to have close to me always..

"Photography as such has no identity. Its status as a technology varies with the power relations which invest it. Its nature as a practice depends on the institutions and agents which define it and set it to work. Its function as a mode of cultural production is tied to definite conditions of existence, and its products are meaningful and legible only within the particular currencies they have. Its History has no unity. it is a
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Line
Oct 12, 2016 Line rated it liked it
It is an interesting book if you are very interested in the history of photography. It holds a lot of views and information that other accounts of photography’s beginning might skip over, as it starts way before what most people think of as the invention of photography. It isn't so much about who invented first, as it is about where and why people were drawn to the idea of photography and how how they worked to achieve it and/or make it better.
However, I'm not sure I would be able to finish this
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s2artM
Dec 17, 2015 s2artM rated it it was amazing
This is where the current state of play is in regard to contemporary thought on photography. Mr. Batcehn ask some great questions and muses at length about possible answers, a must read for serious contemporary artists.
Peter Bonifacio
Apr 05, 2016 Peter Bonifacio rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
Interesting ideas but presented in a very laboured academic manner. Should have realised when reading that it originated as a PHD thesis.
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