POLS 1101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Joseph Plateau, Walter Benjamin, Phenakistoscope

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8/12 - paris: center of the 19th century - walter benja. Most people never ventured 40 miles from their home. Optics and photography: using photos to prove/see things your eyes can"t. 1839: french government buys daguerreotype process (plates) --> global daguerreotypomania Govt. gets the royalties, decides this is important, adds to the culture. 1855: paris universal exposition - interest in documenting the world and perceiving reality anew. Apprenticed to inventor of electric metronome at age 14. Takes flower and micro photos for the dictionary of. Allows composite image = magic lantern still slide + mirror reflection from band of images. Museum gr vin (1892-1900) - first daily showings of small optical theatre shows. Pauvre pierrot (1892): 500 glass plates on a flexible belt. Around a bathing hut (1894): 660 hand-painted images. 500,000 people bought tickets during the 1890"s, including edison and lumi re brothers. Pierre-jules-c sar janssen revolver camera (48 images in 72 seconds)

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