Princeton University Library Catalog

Picturing disability : beggar, freak, citizen, and other photographic rhetoric / Robert Bogdan, with Martin Elks and James A. Knoll.

Author:
Bogdan, Robert [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, c2012.
Εdition:
1st ed.
Description:
xv, 198 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
Series:
Critical perspectives on disability. [More in this series]
Summary note:
"In Picturing Disability Bogdan and his collaborators gather over 200 historical photographs showing how people with disabilities have been presented and exploring the contexts in which they were photographed. Rather than focus on the subjects, Bogdan turns his gaze on the people behind the camera. He examines the historic and cultural environment of the photographs to decipher the relationship between the images and the perspectives of the picture makers. In analyzing the visual rhetoric of these photographs, Bogdan identifies the wide variety of genres, from sideshow souvenirs to clinical photographs. Ranging from the 1860s, when photographs first became readily available, to the 1970s, when the disability rights movement became a force for significant change, Bogdan chronicles the evolution of disability image creation. Picturing Disability takes the reader beyond judging images as positive or slanderous to reveal how particular contexts generate specific emotions and lasting depictions." -- Book jacket.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents:
Introduction: Picturing disability -- Freak portraits: sideshow souvenirs -- Begging cards: solicitation with photographs -- Charity: the poster child and others -- Asylums: postcards, public relations, and muckraking -- Clinical photographs: "feeblemindedness" in eugenics texts / Martin Elks -- Advertising photographs: people with disabilities selling products -- Movie stills: monsters, revenge, and pity -- Art for art's sake: people with disabilities in art photography / James A. Knoll -- Citizen portraits: photos as personal keepsakes -- Conclusion: Just a beginning.
Subject(s):
Form/​Genre:
Photographs.
ISBN:
  • 9780815633020 (cloth : alk. paper)
  • 0815633025 (cloth : alk. paper)
LCCN:
2012033977
OCLC:
794363313
Other standard number:
  • 40021651343
Related name:
RCP:
C - S