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    "Multiplying Statues by Machinery": stereoscopic photographs of sculptures at the 1862 International Exhibition

    Di Bello, Patrizia (2013) "Multiplying Statues by Machinery": stereoscopic photographs of sculptures at the 1862 International Exhibition. History of Photography 37 (4), pp. 412-420. ISSN 0308-7298.

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    This article focuses on the photographs of sculptures, in particular Raffaelle Monti’s veiled figures, taken by the London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company at the 1862 International Exhibition, to explore the relationship between vision and touch in the appeal of stereographs. Their apparent simplicity as reproductions of works of art belies a rich formal and conceptual complexity that attends to many of the issues raised by the Exhibition and its critics, at the time and since. The appeal of stereographs of sculptures can be conceptualised in the consonance between sculpture and photography as media that relied on mechanical production and reproduction, making the shift from sculpture to stereo one of different iterations rather than translation from one medium to another – both relied on the disavowal of the anonymous, mechanical labour that went into making them.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): International Exhibition 1862, London Photographic and Stereoscopic Company, nineteenth-century sculpture, Parian, Raffaelle Monti (1818–81), David Brewster (1781–1868), artistic labour, mechanical reproduction, stereoscopy, vision and touch
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Research Centres and Institutes: Nineteenth-Century Studies, Centre for
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2013 12:28
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:08


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