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Dr. Petra Wodtke

Photo-Objects: On the Materiality of Photographs and Photo Archives

Jahr: 2019
Verlag: Max Planck Research Library for the History and Development of Knowledge

Vom 15.-17. Februar 2017 fand im Rahmen unseres vom BMBF geförderten Forschungsverbundprojektes "Foto-Objekte. Fotografien als (Forschungs-) Objekte in Archäologie, Ethnologie und Kunstgeschichte" die Konferenz "Photo-Objects. On the Materiality of Photographs and Photo-Archives in the Humanities and Sciences" in Florenz statt. Dies ist die Publikation der Tagungsbeiträge.

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Herausgegeben von Julia Bärnighausen, Costanza Caraffa, Stefanie Klamm, Franka Schneider, and Petra Wodtke. Darin:

·Julia Bärnighausen, Stefanie Klamm, Franka Schneider, Petra Wodtke: Photographs on the Move: Formats, Formations, and Transformations in Four Photo Archives, 33-66.

Mit Beiträgen von Julia Bärnighausen, Costanza Caraffa, Zeynep Çelik, ─░dil 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, Petra Wodtke.



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.