Photography, the Index, and the Nonexistent: Alfred Watkins’ Discovery (or Invention) of the Notorious Ley‐lines of British Archaeology

@article{Charlesworth2010PhotographyTI,
  title={Photography, the Index, and the Nonexistent: Alfred Watkins’ Discovery (or Invention) of the Notorious Ley‐lines of British Archaeology},
  author={M. Charlesworth},
  journal={Visual Resources},
  year={2010},
  volume={26},
  pages={131 - 145}
}
Some current debates about the history of photography revolve around its alleged indexicality. Emphasizing this aspect plays into the “white mythology of photography” at the expense of other ways of comprehending the medium’s semiotics and epistemology. Consideration of the use of photographs by Alfred Watkins (1855–1935), the British photographer and archaeologist, offers a semiotic model for the working of photography that can answer to both ontological and epistemological questions raised by… Expand
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