The Photographic Uncanny

Photography, Homelessness, and Homesickness

  • Claire Raymond

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. The Moderns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Claire Raymond
      Pages 73-103
    3. Claire Raymond
      Pages 105-136
    4. Claire Raymond
      Pages 137-170
  3. New Centuries

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 319-326

About this book


This book argues for a renewed understanding of the fundamentally uncanny quality of the medium of photography. It especially makes the case for the capacity of certain photographs—precisely through their uncanniness—to contest structures of political and social dominance. The uncanny as a quality that unsettles the perception of home emerges as a symptom of modern and contemporary society and also as an aesthetic apparatus by which some key photographs critique the hegemony of capitalist and industrialist domains. The book’s historical scope is large, beginning with William Henry Fox Talbot and closing with contemporary indigenous photographer Bear Allison and contemporary African American photographer Devin Allen. Through close readings, exegesis, of individual photographs and careful deployment of contemporary political and aesthetic theory, The Photographic Uncanny argues for a re-envisioning of the political capacity of photography to expose the haunted, homeless, condition of modernity.


The uncanny modernity homelessness aesthetic photography

Authors and affiliations

  • Claire Raymond
    • 1
  1. 1.University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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