In this one picture there is manifest the double phenomena proposed by Jacques Le Goff as transforming modern memory: the development of public space as literal memory sites the nineteenth-century craze for erecting monuments to the dead and the photograph itself as memory device. The photograph is a means to register the monument space. The memory of Nelson is, quite literally, being constructed and re-presented as a subject matter of Talbot's camera. (Bate)
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