Science photography

Investigating the rise of science photography in the popular magazine Scientific American

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WHAT & WHY

With the invention of photography and mechanical reproduction, photography started to emerge as an important medium for scientific evidence. This project is an attempt to quantify the rise of photography as evidence in popular magazines like Scientific American, especially in the boom of mass reproduction that comes along with the invention of the half-tone.

HOW

By asking through crowdcrafting whether more photographs or more drawings appear on each page of the magazine I might be able to chart the flow of photographs (vs. drawings) being used to transmit scientific information to the public. The more information that is gathered the more accurate the intersection between these two evidentiary mediums can be portrayed.

WHO

This crowdcrafting site is part of a larger college level class project that deals with investigating the role that experimental humanities play in gathering and analyzing historical information.

KEEP TRACK

If you are interested in keeping track of the results and being more involved in this project please contact me at mk8562@bard.edu