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Photography and Failure


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List of Figures Notes on Contributors 1. Introduction: Noble Failure: Photography as Tragic Muse Kris Belden-Adams, University of Mississippi, USA 2. 'Nothing Worthy of Notice'?: The Daguerreian Gallery of T. P. and D. C. Collins in Philadelphia Anne Verplanck, Pennsylvania State University, USA 3. Rodchenko's Photographic Communism Todd Cronan, Emory University, USA 4.Exile and Erasure: Forgetting Ilse Bing Donna West Brett, University of Sydney, Australia 5. Mechanisms of Institutional Failure, or the Impossible National Museum of French Photography Eleonore Challine, Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) de Cachan, France 6. Crimes Seen and Unseen: Fantasies and Failures of Photographic Truth in Joel Sternfeld's On This Site and Trevor Paglen's Limit Telephotography Catherine Zuromskis, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA 7. Toward an Ontology of African Studio Portraiture Allison Moore, University of South Florida, USA 8. Composita, the 'Mascot' of the Smith College Class of 1886: Picturing Sisterhood, Social Caste, Gender Roles Kris Belden-Adams, University of Mississippi, USA 9. Capturing the Invisible: Affect, Loss and the Problematics of the Panoramic Image in Josef Sudek's Sad Landscapes Amy Hughes, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA 10. Default Delete: Photographic Archives in a Digital Age Kate Palmer Albers, University of Arizona, USA 11. Copies and Clouds: Charles Negre and the Death of Emulation Jacob W. Lewis, University of Rochester, USA 12. Thirty Times Failed: Valerio Vieira and Experimental Photography in Brazil Cezar Tadeu Bartholomeu, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 13. Success and Failure in African Photography Kevin Mulhearn, University of New Mexico, USA 14. Afterword: Failure, Beautiful Failure Geoffrey Batchen, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand Bibliography Index

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Exploring the role of failure in the history of photography, this edited collection considers how personal, technological, institutional and aesthetic failures have shaped our understanding of this medium.

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Kris Belden-Adams is Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Mississippi, USA. Her scholarly work on the history of art, photography and visual culture has been published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographies, Southern Studies, Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society and Cabinet.

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