(Un)certain ghosts: rephotography and historical images

Krell, Mary Agnes (2019) (Un)certain ghosts: rephotography and historical images. In: Hall, Nick and Ellis, John (eds.) Hands on media history: a new methodology in the humanities and social sciences. Routledge, London. ISBN 9781138577497

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This chapter attempts to articulate multiple sites of encounter in the viewing and, crucially, making of a rephotographic image. Rephotography is a practice that offers novel opportunities for engagement with archival materials for both the creator and the viewer. An increasingly popular method for presenting rephotographic material is that of holding an historic image up in front of a contemporary place so that both can be photographed together. Side-by-side presentation is a comparative style of repeat photography in which the original image and contemporary image are, as described, placed side by side. M. Klett described when discussing the act of actually creating rephotographs. It is this form of rephotography that often leads viewers to describe the presence of ghosts or to talk of a kind of daydreaming or temporal drift taking place as they interact with the images.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: rephotography, digital media, remediation, Lee Miller, interactive design
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Research Centres and Groups: Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Research Group
Business and Finance Research Group
Centre for Advanced International Theory
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N5300 History > N6350 Modern art > N6447 19th and 20th centuries
Depositing User: Mary Krell
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2018 10:05
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2020 14:07
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/73274
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