IAS Fellow's Public Lecture: Placing the Past: Photographic Survey and Popular History 1885-1918
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The late 19th century saw a massive expansion of amateur photographic practice. This lecture will explore the ways in which these photographers were encouraged to undertake 'photographic surveys' by recording ancient buildings, antiquities and 'customs' for the benefit of future generations. This lecture will explore in particular the way in which these activities and their perceived public utility might illuminate popular engagements with history at the period, and how 'thinking with photographs' might enhance our own understanding of the period.
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