44.2, Fall/Winter 2006
Karen Jacobs, editor
This ELN issue looks back to the earliest photographic experiments and their initial introductions of text from 1843, as it looks forward to the most recent innovations that may well render the term digitalphotography obsolete. Contributors—scholars, poets, photographers, digital artists—take on photographic subjects spanning from intimate portraits and public documents to widely disseminated media images that are included in such textual sites as albums, magazines, essays, memoirs, novels, poetry, travelogues, scientific catalogues, histories, and websites. Beginning with the question of how the photographic capacity for preservation compares with the textual, the issue explores such topics as imaginary possession, racialized subjectivity, aesthetic consumerism, image addiction and fetishization; the threat and promise of machine technology; the status of photographic and literary “evidence”; and the projects of history making, memorialization, and nostalgia.