Friday, January 11, 2008

Historical photography

Just read this one, took me about half an hour, and it's fantastic.
It is a great exploration into the origins of a famous photography (via Junk Charts and Errol Morris' blog), but with a fine archaeological - and also forensic/detective - method. Errol Morris (of Fog of War and Thin Blue Line factuals fame) digs deep to get at the bottom of the controversy, and the whole journey is fundamentally archaeological, with all the intricacies, doubts, and dilemmas that surround archaeological interpretation.
Find here the link to the whole text.

Fenton, Roger. Valley of The Shadow of Death. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin.

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