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Picturing Place: Photography and the Geographical Imagination

Book cover. Picturing Place: Photography and the Geographical Imagination, by Queen's researcher Joan Schwartz. Vintage photo of seven men sitting on the ground in front of a tent, in undetermined location.The advent of photography opened up new worlds to 19th century viewers, who were now able to visualize themselves and the world beyond in unprecedented detail. But the emphasis on the photography's objectivity masked the subjectivity inherent in deciding what to record, from what angle, and when. This text examines this inherent subjectivity. Drawing on photographs that come from personal albums, corporate archives, commercial photographers, and government reports, and which were produced as art, as record, and as data, the work shows how photography shaped and was shaped by geographical concerns. (Read More)