The Dialectical Photograph: Redefining the Historical Process Using the Photography of Eugène Atget.

Danielle Marie VonLehe. The Dialectical Photograph: Redefining the Historical Process Using the Photography of Eugène Atget. Honors Thesis, University of Washington. 2014.

My thesis applies characteristics of Walter Benjamin's theory of the dialectical image to selected photographs by the late 19th-early 20th century photographer Eugène Atget. I place Benjamin's theory and Atget's photographs in communication with one another to activate the historically specific work of each in the present moment. I question both how interpretation of selected Atget photographs as dialectical images reacts against the misconception of the historical process as progressive and, further, how the photographic medium on a broader level is able to represent history and the present moment as actuality.

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