The Extraordinary Archive of Arthur J. Munby: Photographing Class and Gender in the Nineteenth Century

The Extraordinary Archive of Arthur J. Munby: Photographing Class and Gender in the Nineteenth Century

by Sarah Edge

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In the mid-1860s Arthur J Munby began to collect the first mass-produced photographic images of working-class women in England, recording fascinating details about the women, the places he purchased the photographs and the raging debates on this new commercial practice of photography, in accompanying diaries. Many of these images – not to mention Munby's fascinating diaries - have never been published before. This book examines this previously un-investigated archive, offering a fresh and arresting perspective on the interrelationships between photographic representations of working-class women, the creation of new identities of class and gender and the evolution of popular conceptions of photography itself.

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ISBN-13: 9781786722119
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Series: International Library of Visual Culture
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 17 MB
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About the Author

Sarah Edge is Professor of Photography and Cultural Studies at the University of Ulster

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction: The Munby Archive 1

1 Academically Locating the Archive; History and Theory of Photography - The Nineteenth Century 7

Photography's pre-industrial age: 1850-60 11

Back to the archive 14

The urban collection 17

2 What is a Photograph? 19

3 The City, Photography and Relations of Looking 27

Munby, photography and the flâneur 31

Mid-Victorian painting and the imagining of class 34

Photography and class in the mid-Victorian period 39

4 Who was Munby? Useful Readings of the Munby Archive 45

Munby: the flâneur and man about town 51

5 Munby and the Turn to Photography: Hannah, the Private Urban Collection and the Search for Photographic Truth 67

Taking attitudes': the photographing of Hannah Cullwick 76

6 Starting to Collect: Munby and his Turn to Commercially Produced Photographs of Working-Class Women 123

Ensuring urban authenticity and controlling photographic indexicality 136

'Photographic hunting and people studying': photography and the new urban working class 139

Photographic acceptance: replacing the text with the image 164

7 Dressing Above Your Station and Making it Work for Him: Domestic Photographs of the Urban Working-Class Woman 175

Maidservants in working dress 190

The inherent problem of indexicality, gazing and power 196

Three photographs: three problems 200

Accepting photographic veracity and the formation of photographic genres in the 1860s and the 1870s 206

Photography and the formation and control of class difference 213

8 Under the Skin: Munby's Photographs of Facially Disfigured Women - The Real and the Symbolic 219

Photography and the abject body 230

Photography, the real and the inhumanity of power 240

Appendix: The Photographic Archive 245

Album one 245

Album two 246

Album three 246

Album four 248

Album five 252

Album six 255

Album seven 257

Miscellaneous 257

The shelves 258

Notes 261

Bibliography 277

Index 290

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