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Photomechanical printing in Europe in the mid-19th century: History, theory, visual culture, science and the international network in the 1840s-1860s

Project description

Mass reproduction of photographs in the mid-19th century

PHOTOMECHANICS examines photomechanical printing as a fundamental part of photographic history, art history, science and visual culture, between the introduction of photography in the late 1830s and the onset of industrial mass-production of photography-based images in the 1860s in the UK, France and the Austrian Empire. The research comprises collection and archival surveys, visual, material and contextual analysis and interpretation of original objects (prints and matrices), as well as close reading of correspondence, manuscripts and period publications. The project will look at social structures and networks of inventors, supporters, critics, and users, paying attention to discussions about potential and the future of photomechanical printing. This project considers perspectives on the development of photography-based technology and its interpretation.


Net EU contribution
€ 112 466,88
The Gateway
LE1 9BH Leicester
United Kingdom

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East Midlands (England) Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire Leicester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00