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Title :

Celebrity and community : the poetics of the carte-de-visite

Author :
PLUNKETT, John ;
Publication year :
2003
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Explores the mania for cartes de visites, originally patented by André Adolphe Eugène Disdéri in 1854. Technical developments, and the increasingly commercial character of photography had altered perceptions of the medium and collecting cartes of family, friends, and celebrities became highly fashionable in the 1860s. The reception of the first published photographs of the British royal family exemplifies the way that photography was used to foster a collective belonging in national life. Copyright records show that during the 1860s and 1870s images of royalty, politicians, artists and leading clergy predominated. Actresses, singers, and sportsmen became prominent only in the 1880s and 1890s. The democratic nature of the medium overcame concerns about its debasement. The size and format of cartes, their accessibility (in contrast to the National Portrait Gallery), was another reason for their popularity. However, journal articles indicate the ambivalence felt towards the familiarity created through celebrity photographs, particularly the intimate portraits of royalty. ;
Pagination/Size :
4 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Carte de visite (photographie) ; Classe sociale ; Critique ; Célébrités ; Disdéri, André Adolphe Eugène, 1819-1889/90 ; Démocratie ; Goût (esthétique) ; Grande-Bretagne ; Iconographie ; Photographie ; Portrait ; Royauté ; Réception ; Technique ; Victoria, reine de Grande-Bretagne et d'Irlande, 1819-1901 ; 1800-1900 ;
Descriptors :
Carte de visite photographs ; Celebrities ; Criticism ; Democracy ; Disdéri, André Adolphe Eugène, 1819-1889/90 ; Great Britain ; Iconography ; Photography ; Portraits ; Reception ; Royalty ; Social classes ; Taste (aesthetics) ; Technique ; Victoria, queen of Great Britain and Ireland, 1819-1901 ; 1800-1900 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Journal of Victorian culture, 2003, 8, 1, spring
INIST identifier :
24875399 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 1355-5502 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;