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Between studio and snapshot: belle epoque picture postcards of urban statues

Marjan Sterckx UGent and Leen Engelen (2013) HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY. 37(4). p.445-458
abstract
This article focuses on the photographs of public sculptures used on belle epoque picture postcards of Brussels. The subject is approached from two perspectives. Firstly, we analyse the conventions of in situ photography of public sculpture in light of the genre's reliance on painterly and photographic traditions, as well as its adoption of visual strategies derived from amateur and snapshot photography. Secondly, we explore the role of the photographic mise-en-scene of picture postcards in constructing an ideological as well as visual perspective on public monuments and the cityscape. The in situ photography of urban statues for picture postcards can be regarded as a photographic genre at the intersection of documentary art reproduction practices and amateur photography of the city. Moreover, the picture postcards discussed in this essay confirm and propagate dominant discourses on the monument and the cityscape, even if at the same time such visions were challenged. In the case of Brussels, the postcards demonstrate a preference for a monumental, impressive cityscape, worthy of representing the Belgian nation and capable of legitimising it through views of sculpture as a grand art, serving the worship of grands hommes.
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snapshot, in situ photography, picture postcard, monument, photography, city, photography of sculpture, belle epoque, urban, Simonis, art reproduction, Brussels, amateur, cityscapes, background
journal title
HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Hist. Photogr.
editor
di Bello Patrizia
volume
37
issue
4
issue title
The sculptural photograph in the Nineteenth Century
pages
445 - 458
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Article
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000333569400007
ISSN
0308-7298
DOI
10.1080/03087298.2013.839532
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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2753501
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2753501
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2012-06-18 15:10:59
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  author       = {Sterckx, Marjan and Engelen, Leen},
  editor       = {Patrizia, di Bello},
  issn         = {0308-7298},
  journal      = {HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY},
  keyword      = {snapshot,in situ photography,picture postcard,monument,photography,city,photography of sculpture,belle epoque,urban,Simonis,art reproduction,Brussels,amateur,cityscapes,background},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {445--458},
  title        = {Between studio and snapshot: belle epoque picture postcards of urban statues},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03087298.2013.839532},
  volume       = {37},
  year         = {2013},
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Chicago
Sterckx, Marjan, and Leen Engelen. 2013. “Between Studio and Snapshot: Belle Epoque Picture Postcards of Urban Statues.” Ed. di Bello Patrizia. History of Photography 37 (4): 445–458.
APA
Sterckx, M., & Engelen, L. (2013). Between studio and snapshot: belle epoque picture postcards of urban statues. ( di B. Patrizia, Ed.)HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY, 37(4), 445–458.
Vancouver
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Sterckx M, Engelen L. Between studio and snapshot: belle epoque picture postcards of urban statues. Patrizia di B, editor. HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY. 2013;37(4):445–58.
MLA
Sterckx, Marjan, and Leen Engelen. “Between Studio and Snapshot: Belle Epoque Picture Postcards of Urban Statues.” Ed. di Bello Patrizia. HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY 37.4 (2013): 445–458. Print.