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Tuesday 25 June, 14:00
June 2024
Tuesday 25
14:00 - 15:30

Salle Rhône 3B

Centre de Congrès de Lyon
  • Métropole de Lyon
  • Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Photomechanical Prints and the Material Agency of Images 1/2

Hana BUDDEUS, Katarina MASTEROVA, Fedora PARKMANN
Tuesday 25 June, 14:00

Photomechanical prints are rarely considered objects of their own. They tend to be confined to the role of invisible intermediaries that provide access to various types of photographic images, whether artistic or informational. Previous research on the history of photomechanical printing technologies has revealed how crucial these inventions were in establishing photography as the main means of visual communication in the 20th century. Moreover, the recent material turn in photography studies has shifted the focus from the aesthetics and subject matter of photographs to their materiality, from art historical interpretation to the study of the uses, circulation, and social context of photographic objects. This panel aims to expand the knowledge on photomechanical prints, challenging their perceived transparency by exploring their material appearances and social agency. To what extent did the materiality of photomechanical prints influence their social uses? How did the dissemination of photomechanical prints in various formats – books, journals, postcards, or decorative objects – serve art, culture, commerce, or science? These questions are all the more topical today because many such documents are now available in digital form, crucially changing the way we perceive and study them. The social impact of photomechanical prints will be studied from the first inventions to the boom of the halftone and other processes used in the 20th century.

Talks :

Chairs
Katarina MASTEROVA, Czech Academy of Sciences (Prague, Czech Républic ), Fedora PARKMANN, Czech Academy of Sciences (Prague, Czech Républic), Hana BUDDEUS, Czech Academy of Sciences (Prague, Czech Republic )
Speakers
Sandra SZIR, Universidad Nacional De San Martín (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Marie BLANC, Université Grenoble Alpes (Grenoble, France), Laura TRUXA, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en sciences sociales (Paris, France), Benjamin LEVY, Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio,United States)
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Session

About the location

Salle Rhône 3B
Centre de Congrès de Lyon
  • Métropole de Lyon
  • Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes