” In this book, Geoffrey Batchen analyzes the desire to photograph as it emerged within the philosophical and scientific milieus that preceded the actual invention. Burning with Desire has 78 ratings and 7 reviews. In this book, Geoffrey Batchen analyzes the desire to photograph as it emerged within the philosophical and. Burning with Desire: The Conception of Photography. By Geoffrey Batchen. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, Pp. xii+; illustrations, notes/references.

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Recent accounts of photography’s identity tend to divide between the postmodern view that all identity is determined by context and a formalist effort to define the fundamental characteristics of photography as a medium.

B rated it liked it Jul 20, Is the invention of photography a technological struggle that should be traced to the chemists and physicists who studied light prior to the nineteenth century? Batchen critiques both approaches by way deire a detailed discussion of photography’s conception in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Burning with Desire: The Conception of Photography

Account Options Sign in. The result is a way of thinking about photography that accords with the medium’s conceptual, political, and historical complexity. It is an interesting book if you are very interested in the history of photography.

However, I’m not sure I would be able to finish this book if it hadn’t been compulsory for my university course.


To buurning what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Or is the invention a concept, an idea, a desire for photography?

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The Conception of Photography Mit Press. Paperbackpages. Casey rated it it was amazing Oct 13, This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Emily rated it it was amazing Jan 16, This is where one may begin to appreciate the real breadth of Batchen’s project: To begin with, Tagg suggests that photography cannot be understood as having a static identity or singular cultural status.

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From Burning with Desire: Photography is, he says, better regarded as a dispersed and dynamic field of technologies, practices and images. The Conception of Photography Patricia A. Jurraien Andriessen, Artist with a Camera Obscurac.

Dan Cotting rated it liked it Dec 24, In fact, I highly doubt it. Hence it follows that photography has no coherent or unified history of its own other than as a selective documentation of its various uses and effects.

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Batchen advances desige notion of “photopower” to reinvest photography with the value it lost to positivist aesthetics. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Jul 08, s2artM rated it it was amazing Shelves: It seems plausible, however, to locate the beginnings of what could well be the single most influential force to have shaped contemporary everyday life aesthetics.


Lauralouise rated it really liked it Sep 26, Attempts at locating beginnings usually result in foundational stories that have more to do with our own time’s ruminations than with the ideas of those who contributed to mark a fresh turn in history.

The Philosophy of Vision and the Invention of Photography. The Conception of Photography. Apr 11, Chad rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: For this reason, the new ideas which are circulating in contemporary thinking must serve us only as short-term loans or reference points for the affirmation of our own values.

Batchen does not attempt this rewrite through new discoveries in the archives, but rather through a reinterpretation of known information. Books by Geoffrey Batchen.

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Jan 08, Analu rated it really liked it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Rather than engage in futile questions of who got there first, Batchen prefers to explore the writings of the numerous proto-photographers, the people who experimented or recorded a desire to photograph prior to