Aux origines de la photographie archéologique de Rome en France. Anissa Yelles. AHA 3 , 2020, 231 p. , coul, (ISBN: 978-2-35518-104-7). Préface Alain Schnapp.
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How were the Roman sites of the Mediterranean photographed in the 19th century when scientific rules
are not yet fully fixed?
What model of photographic documentation can be seen emerging in the field?
To conduct this research, we proposed to apply a comparative method, by analysing the corpus produced by French traveling photographers and archaeologists, in two different geographical and geopolitical contexts, in the context of excavations or archaeological exploration trips, in Italy and Algeria. These two countries are precisely two destinations conducive to the progressive implementation of survey techniques applied to Roman Antiquity, due to the richness and diversity of their ruins. Two countries whose history of archaeology and the development of excavations are, however, distinct in many ways. In this respect, the comparative approach we have chosen to adopt has enabled us to observe, describe and understand how these pioneers of archaeological photography contributed in many ways to a better knowledge of Roman sites and indirectly to the structuring of the archaeological discipline itself.
Table of Contents :
CHAPTER I. Why the Ruin?
CHAPTER II. Why photograph the Roman remains?
CHAPTER III. The Making of Archaeological Images in the 19th Century
CHAPTER IV. In Search of a New Rome in Africa
CHAPTER V. Photography, a tool for identity archaeology?