Photo-Objects: On the Materiality of Photographs and Photo Archives in the Humanities and Sciences
Edited by Julia Bärnighausen, Costanza Caraffa, Stefanie Klamm, Franka Schneider, and Petra Wodtke
With contributions by Julia Bärnighausen, Costanza Caraffa, Zeynep Çelik, İdil Çetin, Lorraine Daston, Elizabeth Edwards, Haidy Geismar, Lena Holbein, Pip Laurenson, Maria Männig, Anaïs Mauuarin, Suryanandini Narain, Omar W. Nasim, Stefanie Klamm, Christopher Pinney, Christina Riggs, Franka Schneider, Joan M. Schwartz, Katharina Sykora, Petra Trnková, Kelley Wilder, and Petra Wodtke
Edition Open Access
2019, 320 pp, English
Max Planck Research Library for the History and Development of Knowledge : Studies 12
Editorial Team: Lindy Divarci, Klaus Thoden, and Linda Jayne Turner
Photographs are not simply images but also historically shaped three-dimensional objects. They hold a physical presence, bear traces of handling and use, and circulate in social, political and institutional networks. Beyond their visual content, they are increasingly acknowledged as material “actors,” not only indexically representing the objects they depict, but also playing a crucial role in the processes of knowledge-making within scientific practices. This has a historical dimension: most scientific disciplines rapidly adopted photography as an important research tool. Thereby, the various material qualities of photographs afforded certain types of uses in those disciplines. Specialized photo archives were founded as interfaces of technology and science and as laboratories for scientific thought.