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Author Name:    BATCHEN, Geoffrey

Title:   Burning with Desire : The Conception of Photography. in dustjacket

Publisher:    MIT Press / Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, Cambridge, Mass. & London, 1997, ISBN:9780262024273 

Seller ID:   98237

BATCHEN, Geoffrey. Burning with Desire : The Conception of Photography. Cambridge, Mass. & London : MIT Press / Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, (1997). Pp (7),[viii]-xii,(3),4-273,(3). Illustrated in Black-and-White. Index. 8vo, black paper covered boards, silver lettering to spine. "In an 1828 letter to his partner, Nicéphore Niépce, Louis Daguerre wrote, "Iam burning with desire to see your experiments from nature." In this book, Geoffrey Batchen analyzes the desire to photograph as it emerged within th e philosophical and scientific milieus that preceded the actual invention of photography. Recent accounts of photography's identity tend to divide between the postmodern view that all identity is determined by context and a formalist effort to define the fundamental characteristics of photography asa medium. Batchen critiques both approaches by way of a detailed discussio n of photography's conception in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. He examines the output of the various nominees for "first photographer," then incorporates this information into a mode of historical criticism informed by the work of Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida. The resultis a way of thinking about photography that persuasively accords with the mediums undeniable conceptual, political, and historical complexity." (fromthe dj). Contents : Preface.. 1. Identity. 2. Conception. 3. Desire. 4. P ictures. 5. Method. Epitaph. ADDITIONAL SHIPPING CHARGES MAY BE REQUIRED DUE TO ITS WEIGHT. Very good in dustjacket. 35.00


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