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 “Nelson's Column under Construction, Trafalgar Square, London”, April 1844.

“Nelson's Column under Construction, Trafalgar Square, London”, April 1844.

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)

 

 

 

Bibliography

Bate, D. (2018). The Memory of Photography. [online] Tandfonline.com. Available at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17540763.2010.499609 [Accessed 2 Aug. 2018].