Starting on January 15, 2014, the historian of images and American culture, François Brunet, will tackle the following questions in his blog series: Why are portraits relatively neglected in the history of images, and how can we approach them today? Can we consider or treat photographs, in general, as historical documents, and what does this mean today, particularly in the face of mounting visual skepticism? And what do we make of the circulation of images in writing histories of images and history in general? How does one study, narrate, illustrate circulation?
A historian of images and American culture, François Brunet teaches at Université Paris Diderot and is a fellow of the Institut universitaire de France. He has published widely on photography (recently, with Wm. B. Becker, Daguerre’s American Legacy, 2013) and American visual culture (recently editing L’Amérique des images, 2013). He has co-curated two exhibitions (Images of the West, 2007; and The Daguerreian Portrait in America, 2013).