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Fox-Amato, Matthew

Works: 3 works in 6 publications in 1 language and 259 library holdings
Genres: History  Exhibition, pictorial works  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author
Classifications: TR23, 770.973
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Matthew Fox-Amato
Paper promises : early American photography by Mazie M Harris( Book )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Scholarship on photography's earliest years has tended to focus on daguerreotypes on metal or on the European development of paper photographs made from glass or paper negatives. But Americans also experimented with negative-positive processes to produce photographic images on a variety of paper formats in the early decades of the medium. Paper Promises: Early American Photography presents this rarely studied topic within photographic history. The well-researched and richly detailed texts in this book delve into the complexities of early paper photography in the United States from the 1840s to 1860s, bringing to light a little-known era of American photographic appropriation and adaptation. Exploring the economic, political, intellectual, and social factors that impacted its unique evolution, both the essays and the carefully selected images illustrate the importance of photographic reproduction in shaping and circulating perceptions of America and its people during a critical period of political tension and territorial expansion. Due to the fragility of paper photography from this period, the works in this catalogue are rarely displayed, making the volume an essential tool for any scholar in the field and a very rare peek into the mid-nineteenth century. This volume is published to accompany an exhibition on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center February 27 to May 27, 2018"--Provided by publisher
Exposing slavery : photography, human bondage, and the birth of modern visual politics in America by Matthew Fox-Amato( )

2 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Within a few years of the invention of the first commercially successful photography process in 1839, American slaveholders had already begun commissioning photographic portraits of their slaves. Ex-slaves-turned-abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass also came to see how sitting for a portrait could help them project humanity and dignity amidst northern racism. In the first decade of the medium, enslaved people had begun entering southern daguerreotype saloons of their own volition, posing for cameras, and leaving with visual treasures they could keep in their pockets. And, as the Civil War raged, Union soldiers would orchestrate pictures with fugitive slaves that envisioned racial hierarchy as slavery fell. In these ways and others, photography powerfully influenced how bondage and freedom were documented, imagined, and contested. This book explores how photography altered, and was in turn shaped by, conflicts over bondage. Drawing upon an original source base that includes hundreds of unpublished and little-studied photographs of slaves, ex-slaves, and abolitionists as well as written archival materials, it puts visual culture at the center of understanding the experience of late slavery. It assesses how photography helped southerners to defend slavery, slaves to shape their social ties, abolitionists to strengthen their movement, and soldiers to imagine and pictorially enact an interracial society during the Civil War. With diverse goals, these peoples transformed photography from a scientific curiosity into a political tool. While this project sheds new light on conflicts over late American slavery, it also reveals a key moment in the much broader historical relationship between modern visual culture and racialized forms of power and resistance" --
Photography, Human Bondage, and the Birth of Modern Visual Politics in America by Matthew Fox-Amato( Book )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Audience level: 0.43 (from 0.42 for Paper prom ... to 0.69 for Photograph ...)