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A Communion of ShadowsReligion and Photography in Nineteenth-Century America$
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Rachel McBride Lindsey

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469633725

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633725.001.0001

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By Pencil and Camera

By Pencil and Camera

(p.158) Four By Pencil and Camera
A Communion of Shadows

Rachel McBride Lindsey

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter spirals out from one commissioned photographic tour of Palestine in 1894 to consider the broader framework of halftone photography as a mechanism of ethnographic display and imperial regimes. The chapter follows a set of negatives made by the St. Louis photographer Robert Edward Mather Bain in 1894 from their original publication as part of a commercialized art-folio into the pages of the Bible. Here, the communion of shadows cast living inhabitants of Palestine—Bain’s photographic contemporaries—as relics of a biblical imaginary that affirmed American beholders’ confidence in the power of the camera to capture on glass the Holy Land of the Bible.

Keywords:   Holy Land, Halftone photography, Visual regimes, Palestine, St. Louis, biblical imaginary, colonialism, ethnographic display

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