Archaeology, Museums, Heritage Seminar – School of Humanities Archaeology, Museums, Heritage Seminar – School of Humanities

Archaeology, Museums, Heritage Seminar

Sarah Judd | UNSW

Dual perspectives: the intersection of commerce and culture in late 19th century archaeological stereography

What happens when we take a step back and interrogate photographs of archaeology? Examining the production and use context of archaeological photography can provide us with important cues on how these images can be read.

Even if intended to be purely documentary, they are the product of selective, culturally driven actions. To illustrate the potential for this I will make a case study of a corpus of stereographs held at the University of Sydney’s Historic Photograph Archive. A type of photography that mimics binocular vision, stereography was a commercial success for over 70 years. In that time millions of images were sold across the world, often by international publishing houses. Dating from the turn of the 20th century, these stereographs depict ancient Greek archaeological sites. They were often used to simulate the experience of travel for an audience who may never have seen them in person. I hope to show how the motives of these publishing houses, in conjunction with 19th century ideas of ancient Greece and its connection to the West, heavily influenced their composition and reception.


The Department of Archaeology hosts a number of lively departmental research seminars. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Online on Zoom

1 May 2020,
4:00-5:00 pm


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Seminar Series convenors:
Agata Calbrese,Lorraine Leung, Kieran McGee, Simon Wyatt-Spratt, and Sareeta Zaid
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The Department of Archaeology is part of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI).

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May 01 2020


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


This event is free



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