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Picturing Disability
Beggar, Freak, Citizen, and Other Photographic Rhetoric

Robert Bogdan with Martin Elks and James Knoll

Cloth $55.00s    |    978-0-8156-3302-0    |    2012

ebook 978-0-8156-5192-5

CHOICE Outstanding Title for 2013

"Read this fascinating book in one sitting, and follow the author’s instructions to carefully examine the photographs before and after reading the text. Bogdan has given readers the pictorial evidence of the social construction of disability, and he points out masterfully how it is the photographer’s point of view that is revealed, and not the lived experience of people with disabilities who are the objects of these images. This point is complicated, however, by people with disabilities who used their own images to promote themselves as a method of earning a living. . . . In addition, the historical content helps readers understand and appreciate disability as it exists in the 21st century. Bogdan provides the pictorial evidence of the construction of disability."—Choice

"The stunning archive of images that Bogdan and his co-authors have amassed is a major contribution to the growing body of analysis of disability representation in photography. This book brings incisive, expert historical perspective to more familiar terrain and at the same time opens up important new avenues of exploration."—Susan Schweik, University of California at Berkeley

"This book makes a substantial contribution to the history of the visual representation of disability in the United States. It should become an important resource to those who seek to understand the varieties of contexts and purposes in which people with disabilities were portrayed by others, and—equally important—portrayed themselves."—Philip Ferguson, Chapman University

  Picturing Disability

Picturing Disability   Robert Bogdan is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Social Science and Education at Syracuse University. He is the author of several books including Freak Show: Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit and Beauty and the Beast: Human-Animal Relations as Revealed in Real Photo Postcards, 1905–1935.

Photo: Charles Tripp, " The Armless Wonder," 1885. Photograph by Eisenmann. Cabinet card, Bogdan Collection.

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8 1/2 x 11, 312 pages, 223 black-and-white illustrations, bibliography, index

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