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Race and Photography: Racial Photography as Scientific Evidence, 1876-1980

Amos Morris-Reich


Race and Photography studies the changing function of photography within the “science of race” from the 1870s to the 1940s and documents how such an object is defined by and simultaneously defines the manner by which scientists (and the general public) understand evidence in an arena of science that is retrospectively seen as “pseudo-science.” Employing a form of historical epistemology, with a special focus on German and Jewish contexts, the book looks at the interplay between definitions of “race,” practices of photography, and versions of science in numerous academic discourses. The chapter ... More

Keywords: history of photography, history of racial sciences, history of science, history of anthropology, historical epistemology, history of pseudo-science, German and Jewish history, history of anti-Semitism, history of National Socialism, visual argumentation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226320748
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226320915.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amos Morris-Reich, author
University of Haifa