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ERIC Number: ED276078
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-May
Pages: 47
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Sampling from the Museum of Forms: Photography and Visual Thinking in the Rise of Modern Statistics.
Biocca, Frank
Treating the camera as an information technology, this essay shows how the camera is a powerful theoretical disquisition on the nature of form, realism, and scientific vision. The first section presents a history of form, separate from matter, as something collectible in a library or museum. The second section discusses the photograph as a rival to painting and as the culmination of the western theory of painting which was influenced by mimesis and the "camera obscura." The third section presents the influence of photographic form on the Platonic concept of the noumenal form. The final section argues that in the early days of the modern statistical mind, visual-photographic processes were essentially statistical and that the statistical process, as a mental process, was essentially visual and photographic. (SRT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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