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Authors:Thordis Arrhenius: Arkitektskolan, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Sweden
Publication title:John Ruskins Daguerreotypes of Venice
Conference:Kulturstudier i Sverige. Nationell forskarkonferens
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Article No.:008
Abstract:This paper explores the connections between travel, heritage and photography. It suggests that the increasingly restless and expanding audience for heritage is directed by a yearning for closeness. The heritage tourist is driven by the perception that what is longed for is not to be found in the immediate surroundings; indeed the heritage industry feeds on the fact of distance and the promise of proximity. And yet, as anyone will discern who has travelled toexperience treasures from the past at close hand, the restrictions installed in-situ as protection – restricted access, barriers, prohibition to touch or even photograph the object in question – re-enact the delays of travel itself. The longing to be close is denied by distance; on the other hand without this distance played out in space and time, the old would be all too familiar to be desired. Using as a case-study the photographic documentation of Venice by the English writer and traveller John Ruskin, the paper speculates on how photography, since its emergence as a new technology in the first part of nineteenth century, has been implicated in generating this desire for the old.
No. of pages:12
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

Thordis Arrhenius (2005). John Ruskins Daguerreotypes of Venice, Kulturstudier i Sverige. Nationell forskarkonferens;article=008 (accessed 9/20/2014)