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The Photographic Invention of Whiteness


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Introduction: The Invention of a Photographic Whiteness 1. Daguerreotypes, the Vanishing Native American, and the Invention of Western Typologies 2. Mathew Brady's Civil War, Daguerreotypes, and the Technological Redefinition of White Nationalism 3. Ain't I a Human: Louis Agassiz's Slave Daguerreotypes and White Scientific Voyeurism 4. How the West was Won: America at the Great Exhibition of 1851 5. The Founding of the Great White World: The Arctic Daguerreotypes 6. White Aesthetics: Daguerreotypes in the Consolidation of Colonial Empires in West Africa 7. Lewis Carroll and the Imperial Eroticisation of White Childhood 8. Material Agency: The Eames Office, Race, and US Cold War Photographic Aesthetics 9. The Apple and the Anthropocene: The Whiteness of Silicon Valley's Digital Ecologies Conclusion: Entrepreneurs, Clients, and Images: How Photography Inserted Whiteness into a Global Visual Economy

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Stephanie Polsky is a Senior Academic Program Manager at the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University.

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