Towards identification of the medium.
Why and how
I’m always interested in learning more about the beginning of photography. I establish a stronger connection and a deeper respect for the discipline when I study it, which often ends up revealing unexpected findings. By going through this research it just happened I have found one. It’s been right under my nose for a long time, only I didn’t connect the dots.
A recent trip to Italy took me to my old, favorite bookstore in Bologna, laFeltrinelli. I noticed a small book, “L’immagine Infedele _ La Falsa Rivoluzione della Fotografia Digitale” by Claudio Marra (roughly “the Unfaithful Image _ The Fake Revolution of Digital Photography”) which I immediately bought. A quote in this book from the French essayist Jean Clair struck me as a revelation and finally everything in the puzzle I’ve been trying to put together in the past year found its place. I will later come back on this.
On top of that, a few months ago I have read a very good anthology which I recommend to anyone who is interested in this topic: “Classic Essays on Photography”.
In the following analysis, along with my understanding of art, I’ll use quotes from the Classic Essays with the hope to trace a philological route of how photography evolved throughout the time.