But how did photographs come to be established and accepted, what sort of agencies and institutions have the power to enforce this status and, more generally, what concept of photographic representation is entailed and what are its consequences?
In addressing such issues, John Tagg traces a previously unexamined history which has profound implications not only for the theory and practice of conventionally separated areas of amateur, professional, technical, documentary and art photography, but also for the understanding of the role of photography in processes of modern social regulation.
The early portrait photographs even look like portraits that the upper classes would have paid 'proper artists' to paint for them.
It is amazing how often old art forms inform new ones.
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My friend Eric sent me the course on visual sociology that he teaches - well, the texts that he uses anyway.
Some of them I will eventually get around to reviewing on my blog - but that might take a while.