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Inadvertent ImagesA History of Photographic Apparitions$
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Peter Geimer

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226471877

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226471907.001.0001

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Case Study II: A Self-Portrait of Christ or the White Noise of Photography?

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

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(p.99) 4 Case Study II: A Self-Portrait of Christ or the White Noise of Photography?
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Inadvertent Images
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Peter Geimer

, Gerrit Jackson
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226471907.003.0005

This chapter adds a second case study on the first photograph of the Shroud of Turin, that was said to reveal more and something other than the cloth itself, which was hidden from public view. Here again, skeptics tended to denounce the alleged discoveries of photography as photographic artifacts, mere defects and phantoms. At stake were conflicting interpretations of photography; the system of photographic recording that underlay them both was not in dispute. The chapter reveals that photography had long ceased to be exclusively an instrument of research and became an object of investigation as well.

Keywords:   Shroud of Turin, revelation, defects, phantoms

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