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At home in the Victorian city? Revisiting Thomas Annan and the social contexts of early urban photography

Boman, Charlotte 2019. At home in the Victorian city? Revisiting Thomas Annan and the social contexts of early urban photography. History of Photography 43 (1) , pp. 27-46. 10.1080/03087298.2019.1600860

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Abstract

Photographs of mid-Victorian cities evoke an unsettling perspective of modernity by calling attention to the spasmodic process of societal and environmental change in this period. Focusing on four diverse commissions undertaken by the professional photographer Thomas Annan in Glasgow in the latter half of the nineteenth century, this article explores intriguing exchanges between photography and other media in an enlarging Victorian print market. This material suggests that we have yet to fully appreciate the ways in which photography participated in the often-fraught public debate on urban space and civic identity in localised environments. The article also explores how recent interventions in digital humanities, particularly in the field of mapping technologies, have opened up new possibilities of animating and reexamining the remote, conventional and impersonal viewpoints that characterise photographic representations of metropolitan areas in this period.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
ISSN: 0308-7298
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2019 14:00
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/125204

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