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    Making a case: Daguerreotypes

    Edwards, Stephen (2020) Making a case: Daguerreotypes. British Art Studies (18), ISSN 2058-5462.

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    This essay considers physical daguerreotype cases from the 1840s and 1850s alongside ideas about intellectual case studies. It argues, that daguerreotypes have to be understood as image-thing amalgams and pays particular attention to the construction and distinguishing marks on the cases and frames that enclose these images. These cases, particularly those of the patent holder Richard Beard, are situated within legal debates on property and cannot be understood without attention to social relations of capital and class. In the process, the essay interrogates thinking on case studies and some recent approaches cultural objects and argues that the recent turn to ‘objects’ misses crucial ‘immaterial’ conditions rooted in property law. The essay will appear in British Art Studies in November and will contain embedded film components


    Item Type: Article
    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: 02 Dec 2020 17:14
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:59


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