Cloth $55.00 ISBN: 9780226471877 Will Publish February 2018
E-book $55.00 Available for pre-order. ISBN: 9780226471907 Will Publish February 2018

Inadvertent Images

A History of Photographic Apparitions

Peter Geimer

Inadvertent Images

Peter Geimer

288 pages | 18 color plates, 58 halftones | 7 x 10 | © 2018
Cloth $55.00 ISBN: 9780226471877 Will Publish February 2018
E-book $55.00 ISBN: 9780226471907 Will Publish February 2018
As an artistic medium, photography is uniquely subject to accidents, or disruptions, that can occur in the making of an artwork. Though rarely considered seriously, those accidents can offer fascinating insights about the nature of the medium and how it works. With Inadvertent Images, Peter Geimer explores all kinds of photographic irritation from throughout the history of the medium, as well as accidental images that occur through photo-like means, such as the image of Christ on the Shroud of Turin, brought into high resolution through photography. Geimer’s investigations complement the history of photographic images by cataloging a corresponding history of their symptoms, their precarious visibility, and the disruptions threatened by image noise. Interwoven with the familiar history of photography is a secret history of photographic artifacts, spots, and hazes that historians have typically dismissed as “spurious phenomena,” “parasites,” or “enemies of the photographer.” With such photographs, it is virtually impossible to tell where a “picture” has been disrupted—where the representation ends and the image noise begins. We must, Geimer argues, seek to keep both in sight: the technical making and the necessary unpredictability of what is made, the intentional and the accidental aspects, representation and its potential disruption.
Contents
Introduction

1          History and “Prehistory”

2          Visibility by Destruction/Disturbance
Incidents of Photography

3          Case Study I: Signs of Life or “False Flames”?
Jules Luys and the Controversy over “Effluviography”

4          Case Study II: A Self-Portrait of Christ or the White Noise of Photography?
Paul Vignon and the Earliest Photograph of the Shroud of Turin

5          Visible/Invisible
Critique of a Dichotomy

6          The “Optical Unconscious” of Photography

Notes
Index
 
Review Quotes
Stefan Andriopoulos, Columbia University
"The undeniable strength of Inadvertent Images lies in its theoretical lucidity and careful readings of specific, exemplary photographs. Peter Geimer compellingly analyzes the contingent histories of these images with an eye for wider theoretical implications that unsettle what we originally considered as the nature of photography. Geimer thus makes us look at technical, optical, and chemical materialities that constitute the noise and the verisimilitude of photographic images."
Noam M. Elcott, Columbia University
“Cutting across art, science and the occult, intention and accident, archives and theory, message and noise, visibility and invisibility, Geimer weaves a history of photography that brims with insights and astonishes through its visual analyses. Indeed, Inadvertent Images is more than a history of photography: it is essential reading for anyone engaged with the promises and perils of images and vision in a technological age.”
For more information, or to order this book, please visit http://www.press.uchicago.edu
Google preview here

Chicago Manual of Style

Keep Informed

JOURNALs