Edited by Associate Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan and Andrés Mario Zervigón of Rutgers University, Photography and Its Origins is a collection of 16 original essays published by Routledge. It showcases both prominent and emerging voices in the field of photography studies, including Colby’s own Associate Professor of American Studies Laura Saltz.
Recent decades have seen a flourishing interest in and speculation about the origins of photography. Spurred by rediscoveries of “first” photographs and proclamations of photography’s death in the digital age, scholars have been rethinking who and what invented the medium. Photography and Its Origins reflects on this interest in photography’s beginnings by reframing it in critical and specifically historiographical terms. How and why do we write about the origins of the medium? Whom or what do we rely on to construct those narratives? What’s at stake in choosing to tell stories of photography’s genesis in one way or another? And what kind of work can those stories do?
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