The Photo-as-Thing : Photography and Thing Theory

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BREITBACH, 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

@article{Breitbach2011Photo-20036, title={The Photo-as-Thing : Photography and Thing Theory}, year={2011}, doi={10.1080/13825577.2011.553895}, number={1}, volume={15}, issn={1382-5577}, journal={European Journal of English Studies}, pages={31--43}, author={Breitbach, Julia} }

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