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Picturing Place: Photography and the Geographical Imagination

Picturing Place: Photography and the Geographical Imagination

Edited by: Joan Schwartz, James Ryan

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The advent of photography opened up new worlds to 19th century viewers, who were able to visualize themselves and the world beyond in unprecedented detail. But the emphasis on the photography's objectivity masked the subjectivity inherent in deciding what to record, from what angle and when. This text examines this inherent subjectivity. Drawing on photographs that come from personal albums, corporate archives, commercial photographers, government reports and which were produced as art, as record, as data, the work shows how the photography shaped and was shaped by geographical concerns.

Table of Contents

  • Contents vi;
  • Figures vii;
  • Acknowledgements x;
  • Contributors xii;
  • Introduction: Photography and the Geographical Imagination 1 - Joan M. Schwartz and James R. Ryan;
  • Part I Picturing Place 19;
  • 1 La Mission Heliographique: Architectural Photography, Collective Memory and the Patrimony of France, 1851 21 - M. Christine Boyer;
  • 2 Retracing the Outlines of Rome: Intertextuality and Imaginative Geographies in Nineteenth-Century Photographs 55 - Maria Antonella Pelizzari;
  • 3 Visualizing Eternity: Photographic Constructions of the Grand Canyon 74 - David E. Nye;
  • 4 Family as Place: Family Photograph Albums and the Domestication of Public and Private Space 96 - Deborah Chambers;
  • Part II Framing the Nation 115;
  • 5 Picturing Nations: Landscape Photography and National Identity in Britain and Germany in the Mid-Nineteenth Century 117 - Jens Jager;
  • 6 Capturing and Losing the 'Lie of the Land': Railway Photography and Colonial Nationalism in Early Twentieth-Century South Africa 141 - Jeremy Foster;
  • 7 Constructing the State, Managing the Corporation, Transforming the Individual: Photography, Immigration and the Canadian National Railways, 1925-30 162 - Brian S. Osbourne;
  • Part III Colonial Encounters 193;
  • 8 Emperors of the Gaze: Photographic Practices and Productions of Space in Egypt, 1839-1914 195 - Derek Gregory;
  • 9 Mapping a Sacred Geography: Photographic Surveys by the Royal Engineers in the Holy Land, 1864-68 226 - Kathleen Stewart Howe;
  • 10 Home and Empire: Photographs of British Families in the Lucknow Album 1856-57 243 - Alison Blunt;
  • 11 Negotiating Spaces: Some Photographic Incidents in the Western Pacific, 1883-84 261 - Elizabeth Edwards;
  • Epilogue 281;
  • 12 Wunderkammer to World Wide Web: Picturing Place in the Post-Photographic Era 283 - William J. Mitchell;
  • Notes 305;
  • Index 347

Author Info

Joan M. Schwartz is Senior Photography Specialist at the National Archives of Canada, Ottawa. James R. Ryan is Lecturer in Human Geography at The Queen's University, Belfast.


'A compelling read...if you are interested in the relationship between geographical imagination and photographic representation you will enjoy this historical journey through the practices and idea of both.'
Katrine Kjoeller, The Magazine of the Royal Geographical Society '

diverse perspectives on the subject' 'does an excellent job' 'a major contribution and should be read by everyone who uses images in teaching, research or publication.'
Area Journal; Landscape Research: "Schwarz and Ryan have provided some excellent case studies and ideas for geographers to use."'

An altogether wonderful set of reflections on the reciprocal relations between photographic impulses and geographical imaginings. 'Picturing Place' illuminates how place is pictured. But it does much more. It shows the central place of picturing in the making of geographical knowledge. No one interested in visual culture can afford to be without this outstanding collection of interdisciplinary essays ranging over five continents and fifteen decades.'
David N. Livingstone

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: International Library of Human Geography

ISBN: 9781860647529
Publication Date: 24 Jan 2003
Number of Pages: 368
Height: 246
Width: 187
Illustrations: 70 b&w photographs

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