‘Cyclo-Photographers’, Visual Modernity, and the Development of Camera Technologies, 1880s–1890s

Dominici, S. 2018. ‘Cyclo-Photographers’, Visual Modernity, and the Development of Camera Technologies, 1880s–1890s. History of Photography. 42 (1), pp. 46-60. doi:10.1080/03087298.2018.1423739

Title‘Cyclo-Photographers’, Visual Modernity, and the Development of Camera Technologies, 1880s–1890s
AuthorsDominici, S.
Abstract

The intertwined development of popular photography and cycling in Britain was felt so close that, in the 1880s, contemporary commentators could write of ‘cyclo-photographers’. The camera apparatus available at this time, bulky and fragile, was largely impractical to carry on a ride, and thus cyclo-photographers joined outdoor photographers in asking manufacturers for simpler and easier to operate cameras. However, a close reading of primary sources reveals that such demands were also the result of a new engagement with the possibility of seeing enabled by cycling itself. What was the cyclo-photographers’ experience of visual modernity? This article explores whether, and in what ways, the parallel emergence of a desire for compact cameras was linked to the new, and interconnected, ways of moving and seeing that the engagement with these two modern cultural technologies had made possible.

Keywordscamera manufacturers, camera technology, compact cameras, cycling, cyclo-photographers, popular modernism, popular photography, visual modernity
JournalHistory of Photography
Journal citation42 (1), pp. 46-60
ISSN2150-7295
Year2018
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscriptDominici-‘Cyclo-Photographers’, Visual Modernity, and the Development of Camera Technologies, 1880s–1890s.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/03087298.2018.1423739
Publication dates
Published23 May 2018

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