Södertörns högskola Konstvetenskap
The French anthology Nouvelle Histoire de la Photographie, published in 1994 under the editorship of Michel Frizot and translated into English in 1998, has been recognized as presenting a new way of writing the history of photography. Its precursors were surveys of the development of photography as an art, imbued by a modernist aesthetics of media specificity. Conversely, Nouvelle Histoire de la Photographie is generally acknowledged as having illuminated more aspects of the multifaceted medium of photography, used for many ends other than art. While this article recognizes the book's departure from the model once provided by the histories of art, it claims that it has not similarly departed from the modernist evolutionary tendencies of its earlier precursors. In renouncing the influences from the history of art, it has in fact made these even stronger, turning the book into a celebration of the medium in itself.
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/ Strandroth , Cecilia / 2009