## The Photo-as-Thing : Photography and Thing Theory

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2011
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European Journal of English Studies ; 15 (2011), 1. - pp. 31-43. - ISSN 1382-5577
##### Abstract
Taking its cue from the recent expansion of critical focus towards the very materiality of the photographic picture (in contrast to a traditional privileging of image content), this essay proposes a theoretical investigation into the topic by applying Bill Brown's ‘thing theory’ to the ‘thingness’ of photography. A ‘photo-as-thing-theory’ is developed here, which introduces the photographic picture as prime example of Brown's thing theory, oscillating as it does between incommensurable thingness and docile objecthood. This ‘photo-as-thing-theory’ is then applied to the more recent development of digital imaging technologies, which are often quoted for their immateriality and lack of thingness in more than one respect: concerning their material volatility, and, more crucially so, regarding photography's mythical relation with the Real.
##### Subject (DDC)
800 Literature, Rhetoric, Literary Science
##### Keywords
materiality studies,thing theory,Bill Brown,analog photography,digital photography
##### Cite This
ISO 690BREITBACH, Julia, 2011. The Photo-as-Thing : Photography and Thing Theory. In: European Journal of English Studies. 15(1), pp. 31-43. ISSN 1382-5577. Available under: doi: 10.1080/13825577.2011.553895
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@article{Breitbach2011Photo-20036,
year={2011},
doi={10.1080/13825577.2011.553895},
title={The Photo-as-Thing : Photography and Thing Theory},
number={1},
volume={15},
issn={1382-5577},
journal={European Journal of English Studies},
pages={31--43},
author={Breitbach, Julia}
}

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