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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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"Realities Natural and Constructed: Theoretical Debates on Linear Perspective and Photography"

Andrew Hershberger (L)

Friday, March 11 - 1:00PM to 1:45PM
Red Rock Ballroom I

Since linear perspective's emergence around 1420, and photography's invention around 1839, art historian Erwin Panofsky and philosopher Nelson Goodman have suggested that our eyes and minds have been brainwashed—by the preponderance of perspectival pictures—into seeing the world in linear perspective too. "This thoroughly cultural formation called photography," as Richard Bolton observed, "is now a part of our nature" (1989, xiii). In order to understand the development of this theoretical debate, my presentation will identify, discuss, and analyze conflicting claims about linear perspective and photography that have been advanced by various writers regarding the camera's natural and/or constructed realities.


Andrew Hershberger
Andrew Hershberger

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