Authored by: Citlalli González Ponce

The Routledge Handbook to the Culture and Media of the Americas

Print publication date:  March  2020
Online publication date:  March  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138479821
eBook ISBN: 9781351064705
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To discuss photography in the Americas is to undertake an unfathomable task – just to focus on some of its specific features would imply the research of a deep and vast field. A brief historical overview of photography in the continent starts with the invention’s arrival and rapid spread resulting in its establishment in different social spheres, both in the south and in the north, which included its scientific use that defined its prestige as an “instrument of truth.” Photography’s reproductive capacity allowed for a way to understand history and everyday life, and established a visual domain in the 20th century (→ Visual Cultures, III/45). In contrast, mutations and displacements of the photographic image are among the socio-digital practices in the 21st century (→ Digital Culture, III/28).

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