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Photocollage, fun, and flirtations

di Bello, Patrizia (2009) Photocollage, fun, and flirtations. In: Siegel, E. (ed.) Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage. Art Institute of Chicago. Connecticut, U.S.: Yale University Press, pp. 49-63. ISBN 9780300141146.

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Abstract

Human heads on animal bodies, people in fanciful landscapes, faces that are deftly morphed into common household objects - these are among the Victorian experiments in photo collage seen and explained in this marvelous book. With sharp wit and dramatic shifts of scale, these images flouted the serious conventions of photography in the 1860s and 1870s. Often made by women for albums, they reveal the educated minds and accomplished hands of their makers, taking on the new theory of evolution, addressing the changing role of photography, and challenging the strict conventions of aristocratic society. Although these photo collages may seem wonderfully odd to us now, the authors argue that they are actually perfectly in keeping with the Victorian sensibility that embraced juxtaposition and variety. This delightful book, the first to examine comprehensively the little-known phenomenon of Victorian photo collage, presents imagery that has rarely - and, in many cases, never - been displayed or reproduced. Illuminating text provides a history of Victorian photo collage albums, identifies the common motifs found in them, and demonstrates the distinctly modern character of the medium, which paved the way for the future avant-garde potential of both photography and collage.

Item Type: Book Section
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > History of Art
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2011 11:59
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2014 11:57
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/1713

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