Secure the Shadow uses a combination of cultural anthropology and visual analysis to explore the photographic representations of death in the United States from 1840 to the present. It looks at the ways in which people have taken and used photographs of deceased loved ones and their funerals to mitigate the finality of death.
Ruby employs newspaper accounts, advertisements, letters, photographers' account books, interviews, and other material to determine why and how photography and death became intertwined in the nineteenth century. He traces this century's struggle between America's public denial of death and a deeply felt private need to use pictures of those we love to mourn their loss.
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Jay Ruby is Professor of Anthropology at Temple University. He has published extensively in archaeology, popular music, film, television, and photography, and has been exploring the relationship between cultures and pictures for the past thirty years.Review:
"An outstanding work. Jay Ruby's easygoing style makes the presentation accessible to readers interested in social history and societal values and tastes. Along these lines, the book has no equal or rival. Ruby brings to his subject the superb dual qualification of a visual anthropologist and photo-historian."
—Heinz K. Henisch, Research Professor Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University
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Descripción The MIT Press, 1999. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110262681099
Descripción The MIT Press, 1999. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0262681099