I have chosen to answer question 1 “Describe the initial reactions to the invention of photography with reference to the writings of Charles Baudelaire, Elizabeth Eastlake and Francis Frith.” I have chosen this question as it is the one I find most interesting. Many of the initial reactions relate to art and how photography may or may not influence it, and whether or not it is seen as an art form itself. This debate still rages on today well over 100 years later.
In order to gain a good understanding of what these reactions where, I re read my lecture notes, as well as looking back over the additional reading lists. Once I had done this I went to the library and took out some books which looked at the topic in greater detail.
The books I looked at were as follows:
Photography: a concise history by Ian Jeffrey
Photography in print: writings from 1816 to the present edited by Vicki Goldberg
Classic essays on photography edited by Alan Trachtenberg; notes by Amy Weinstein Meyers.
A new history of photography edited by Michel Frizot
Photography: a cultural history by Mary Warner Marien.
I read through the books and made notes on the relevant information as seen below.
With the information gathered, I set about writing a first draft, I underlined each writer using yellow, orange and pink highlighters to group the relevant information together.
Once I had written the draft I carefully went through it to see if the relevant content was in the write place. I underlined the same content together with the same colour. As you can see below It wasn’t in the right order.
I cut and paste the individual parts of the draft onto a new document until it was in the correct order.