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date: 20 September 2019

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This chapter considers how different types of photography—artistic, instrumental, and vernacular—were practised during the period, and the implications of literary references to this increasingly common practice. It discusses comparisons between photography and other arts, especially poetry. Photography, it shows, was considered both as evidentiary and indexical, and also as unreliable and open to fakery. The different uses and associations of the medium, within and outside literature, therefore raised questions of authenticity, reliability, veracity, and gullibility. The chapter explores the role of the photograph in celebrity culture and literary tourism, and its illustrative properties. Through the example of Alvin Langdon Coburn’s illustrations to Henry James’s Venetian stories, it shows that it may function as an interpretive supplement to a text. Finally, photography’s relationship to modernism is discussed, both through the challenges of art photography, and through the genre’s capacity to call attention to the qualities of ordinary life.

Keywords: photography, camera, visual culture, technology, novel, short story, memory, supernatural, illustration, tourism

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