The History in Pictures

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Abstract:

This article considers the relationship between the picture as historical document and as aesthetic experience. Pictures, it is suggested, are more than passive conveyors of visual evidence; they do not reflect other forms of historical experience and representation but actively work on and may alter those structures. The pleasures of the image should be recognized as a fundamental quality of this particular form of historical evidence.

Keywords: AESTHETIC EXPERIENCE; EARLY FILM; HISTORIOGRAPHY; METHODOLOGY; SOCIAL HISTORY OF ART

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/147800410X12797967061000

Affiliations: Professor, School of History of Art and Screen Media, Birkbeck College, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H OPD, UK;, Email: l.nead@bbk.ac.uk

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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