A comparative visual analysis of nineteenth-century Iranian portrait photography and Persian painting

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A comparative visual analysis of nineteenth-century Iranian portrait photography and Persian painting

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: A comparative visual analysis of nineteenth-century Iranian portrait photography and Persian painting
Author: Pérez González, Carmen
Publisher: Department of Art History, Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2010-02-02
Keywords: Visual comparative analysis
Nineteenth-century Iranian photography
Persian painting
Visual laterality
Mixed aesthetics
Abstract: The field of research of my dissertation is nineteenth-century Iranian portrait photography. The goal of this research is to demonstrate that photography is always a construction of reality, regardless of the photographer's nationality. I am specifically interested in exploring how indigenous Iranian photographers constructed their own realities in contrast to how foreign photographers constructed Iranian’s realities. My approach to early Iranian photography is an analytical one based on the visual analysis of photographs taken by Iranian photographers in the nineteenth century. While applying visual analysis, I take into consideration the cultural components of the image. The research undertakes a comparative study of the Iranian painting tradition and nineteenth-century Iranian portrait photography. The elements identified and analyzed are: mirror-like composition due to the visual laterality phenomenon, defined here as the influence of the direction of writing on the composition in works of art, particularly in photography; use of calligraphic inscriptions or text within the photographic space; use of traditional Iranian portraiture poses, such as kneeling; the understanding of space in photographic composition: isometrical perspective, vertical composition, grid structure layout and diffuse compositions; and the mixed aesthetics present in nineteenth-century Iranian photography due to the appropriation of Western elements.
Description: Promotores: C.J.M. Zijlmans, J.J. Witkam, Co-promotor: H.F. Westgeest
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Letteren
Citation: Pérez González, C., 2010 Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/14653

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