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    Why pictures? From art history to business history and back again

    Edwards, Stephen (2020) Why pictures? From art history to business history and back again. History of Photography 44 (1), pp. 3-15. ISSN 0308-7298.

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    Photographic history took root in the discipline of Art History with its focus on pictures and subsequent critical histories have largely retained this image-centred focus. Yet, there is no inherent reason why the study of photography needed to become a history of pictures especially, as in some respects, the images might not be the most important aspect of the practice. In recent years there have been a flurry of studies examining aspects of photographic industry and business arrangements. In this essay I present some debates from the field of academic business history, which raise issues of relevance for historians of photography. Reese V. Jenkins influential study of Kodak, Image and Enterprise (1975), provides the opportunity for investigating some of these issues. A short conclusion on the English daguerreotype trade provides an illustration or coda to these themes. Keywords: business history; industry; Reese V. Jenkins; Alfred D. Chandler Jr.; Richard Beard.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Research Centres and Institutes: Photography Research Centre, History and Theory of
    Depositing User: Steve Edwards
    Date Deposited: 21 May 2020 14:13
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:59


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