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Photography and Archaeology

Bohrer, Frederick N.

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ISBN 10: 1861898703 / ISBN 13: 9781861898708
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Title: Photography and Archaeology

Publisher: Reaktion Books

Binding: Soft cover

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Photography and Archaeology examines some of history's most famous archaeological excavations, as well as lesser-known finds, and the ways these sites have been represented in photographs by Maxime du Camp, Francis Frith, John Beazley Greene and many more. Series: Exposures. Num Pages: 184 pages, 50 colour illustrations, 91 black & white illustrations. BIC Classification: AJC; HD. Category: (UP) Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly. Dimension: 219 x 192 x 17. Weight in Grams: 664. . 2011. Paperback. . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9781861898708

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Synopsis: Photography and Archaeology presents archaeological photography as a product of archaeological thought, and of our hopes and fears about our past and present.  The first ever book-length study of its topic, it examines some of history's most famous archaeological excavations, as well as lesser-known and even unpublished finds, from the Mediterranean and Middle East, as well as Asia, Europe and the Americas.  Spanning the dual histories of both fields from the early nineteenth century to the present, it makes evident how what we know of the archaeological past has always been related to how it has been photographically represented and circulated: in scholarly folios, popular accounts, scientific archives, museums, manuals and numerous other formats.  Photography in particular has allowed archaeology to circulate widely and take on the varied assumptions made by different audiences about the material traces of the past and their meaning and use in the present.
Photography and Archaeology surveys the thought of archaeologists, critics, historians, photographers, artists and theorists, in describing how its images are caught between two opposite, if not contradictory, tendencies.  While photography has served archaeology as a guarantor of documentary objectivity, it has come into its role not by just recording but also fundamentally remaking the archaeological object, not least through underwriting a vision of archaeological artifacts as distinct works of art.  Beautifully illustrated with archaeological images, many published here for the first time, i t discusses archaeological examples and images by renowned photographers including Maxime du Camp, Francis Frith, Auguste Salzmann and Ernst Herzfeld, as well as contemporary photographers and artists such as Aaron Levin, Jeff Wall, Patrick Nagatani and Marilyn Bridges. 
Photography and Archaeology will be of interest to archaeologists, art historians and photographers as well as anyone captivated by archaeology's ongoing engagement with the past.  Frederick N. Bohrer is an art historian who has spent nearly two decades studying the modern uses of the image of the ancient past.

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Frederick N. Bohrer is professor of art at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.   He has long written about what we know of the past and how we know it.  He has paid special attention to the peoples and cultures of the Middle East, and is still amazed how the then-obscure places he first got to know as a scholar of 19th century archaeology ended up in common parlance after the war in Iraq. That's something to write about in itself.  He has written widely on art, photography and antiquities, and is now looking into works by contemporary artists that address global circulation and cultural identity. He is the author of Orientalism and Visual Culture: Imagining Mesopotamia in Nineteenth-Century Europe and organized the exhibit Sevruguin and the Persian Image for the A.M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution.

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