Pierce’s Semiotics – 3 Types of Signs
Photographs, even when they disguise the way they media reality, they DO mediate
reality all the time.
Portraits and Institutions th
was the photographic portrait in the 19 century a democratizing influence or was
it a tool of surveillance and social control?
Kodak became a tool that opened photography up to more and more people.
Camera was a tool in concord with lots of formal changes within society: urbanization,
how they thought about identity, etc.
“The portrait is therefore a sign whose purpose is both the description of an individual
and the inscription of social identity.”
Though facebook pics
Portraits & Phrenology
Phrenology was studying the cranial shape to give you information about a character.
According to Galton’s theory in late 19 century, that you could identify a persons
character by their appearance. *Francis Galton, composite Images of Criminals.
Idea of reading a face or a head.
JT Zealy, jack, 1850’s. Daguerreotype.
Were commissioned daguerreotype to be taken in frontal and profile views. Became
systematized in mugshot views. Agacy commissioned these images for different racial
creation. Apposed to slavery, but images like these sort of fed into defenses.
Treating human individuals like physical specimens.