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Documenting the World: Film, Photography, and the Scientific Record ed. by Gregg Mitman and Kelley Wilder [Book Review]

Collopy, Peter Sachs (2020) Documenting the World: Film, Photography, and the Scientific Record ed. by Gregg Mitman and Kelley Wilder [Book Review]. Technology and Culture, 61 (2). pp. 697-698. ISSN 1097-3729. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20200828-093357216

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Abstract

Although photography and film are sometimes marginal subjects in the history of technology, the apparent dematerialization produced by digitization has prompted greater interest in materiality and technology from humanities disciplines more invested in their history. At the same time, historians of science have become increasingly attentive to visual representation and how images function as evidence. Documenting the World's nine contributors work mostly at the intersection of art history and history of science. The book also brings together scholarship on still photography and moving-image film, typically subjects of separate literatures despite their common materiality. With the exception of a chapter on planetary science, contributions focus on the human sciences broadly conceived, from anthropology to medicine to law. For the most part, Documenting the World addresses three questions: How have photographs and films become reliable evidence of natural or cultural phenomena—and, conversely, how have people called their authority into question? How have images produced by colonial and oppressive regimes been repurposed for antithetical ends? How does collecting photographs together in archives reshape their use as evidence?


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Collopy, Peter Sachs0000-0002-0979-6549
Additional Information:© 2020 Johns Hopkins University Press. Book review of: Documenting the World: Film, Photography, and the Scientific Record Edited by Gregg Mitman and Kelley Wilder. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016. Pp. 288. Hardcover $35.
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Official Citation:Collopy, Peter Sachs. Review of Documenting the World: Film, Photography, and the Scientific Record ed. by Gregg Mitman and Kelley Wilder. Technology and Culture, vol. 61 no. 2, 2020, p. 697-698. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/tech.2020.0040
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