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Inadvertent Images: A History of Photographic Apparitions

Peter Geimer


According to a widespread assumption the history of technical media (such as photography) has been an enterprise of permanent progress. But the history of photography records countless instances in which the motif never came out at all, was lost somewhere along the way to visibility, or mingled with the artifacts of the medium itself to the point where one became indistinguishable from the other: The rising line of human inventors and their successful inventions has always been counterattacked by the invented itself. In his study Peter Geimer explores this unknown story of photographic acciden ... More

Keywords: representation, visibility, accident, unpredictabilty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226471877
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226471907.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Geimer, author
Freie Universität Berlin