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Moving Images

From Edison to Webcam

Edited by: Astrid Söderbergh Widding, John Fullerton

Publication date: 2000
Total pages: 201
ISBN: 1 86462 054 4
Price: £ 27.50


In 1888, Thomas Edison announced that he was experimenting on ‘an instrument which does for the eye what the phonograph does for the ear, which is the recording and reproduction of things in motion’. Just as Edison’s investigations were framed in terms of the known technologies of the phonograph and the microscope, the essays included in Moving Images: From Edison to Webcam address the contexts of innovation and reception that have framed the development of moving images in the last one hundred years. Three concerns are of particular interest: the contexts of innovation and reception for moving image technologies; the role of the observer whose vision and cognitive processes define some of the limits of enquiry and epistemological insight, and the role of new media which, engaging with the domestic sphere as cultural interface, are transforming our understanding of public and private spheres. The seventeen previously unpublished essays in the collection represent the best of current research in the history of the moving image, and make a timely and stimulating contribution to debates concerning the impact of new media on the history of cinema.



1.The Apparatus Unaltered to Date: Developing 35mm Film, by Paul C. Spehr Seeing Seeing: Hermann von Helmholtz and the Invention of the Ophthalmoscope, by Oliver Gaycken On Fairies and Technologies, by Frank Kessler Seeing in the Dark: Early X-ray Imaging and Cinema, by Solveig Jülich The Bolex Motion Picture Camera, by Carlos Bustamante

2.The Observer Sore Society: The Dissolution of the Image and the Assimilation of the Trauma, by Bent Fausing Closing In: Telescopes, Early Cinema, and the Technological Conditions of De-distancing, by Jan Holmberg ?We Partake, as it Were, of His Life?: The Status of the Visual in Early Ethnographic Film, by Alison Griffiths Architectonics of Seeing: Architecture as Moving Images, by Pelle Snickars Submerged Landscapes of the Postmodern Body: Surface, Text, Commodity, by Jay Moman

3.The Domestic Sphere Weather Porn and the Battle for Eyeballs: Promoting Digital Television in the USA and UK, by William Boddy Stereotyping a Competitor: Images of Television in Spanish Cinema in the 1960s, by Valeria Camporesi Video Pleasure and Narrative Cinema: Luc Besson?s The Fifth Element and Video Game Logic, by Warren Buckland Space and Character Representation in Interactive Narratives, by Björn Thuresson Lurking and Looking: Webcams and the Construction of Cybervisuality, by Sheila C. Murphy Visual Diaries: Revival of a Documentary Form in Digital Culture, by Åke Walldius The Interactive Filmmaker?s Challenge, by Christopher Hales


John Fullerton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies, Stockholm University, and has published widely on early Swedish film. He has edited Celebrating 1895: The Centenary of Cinema for John Libbey, and also co-edited Moving Images: From Edison to the Webcam the second publication in the Stockholm Studies in Cinema series.

Jan Olsson is a Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies, Stockholm University, and has published many books on Scandinavian cinema. Allegories of Communication: Intermedial Concerns from Cinema to the Digital, an anthology of essays from a major conference at Stockholm University, was published in 2000.

Astrid Söderbergh Widding is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies, Stockholm University anbd is the author of a number of monographs on cinema. Her most recent book is Stumfilm I brytningstid: Stil och berättande I Georg af Klerchers filmer.

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