The Stillness of Hajj Ishmael

Maxime Du Camp's 1850 Photographic Encounters

by Julia Ballerini



Book Details

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Publication Date : 3/26/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 240
ISBN : 9781450203074
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 240
ISBN : 9781450203067
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 240
ISBN : 9781450203050

About the Book

Du Camp's traveling companion Gustave Flaubert once remarked: "I don't know why Maxime hasn't killed himself with this raging mania for photography." The Stillness of Hajj Ishmael explores this "mania" as a manifestation of the cultural hypochondria typical of Du Camp's time and social class,linking the general anxiety of the age over the apparent demise of French culture with the personal travails of Du Camp,who grew up an orphan. The book explores the role played by Nubian sailor Hajj Ishmael inDu Camp’s photographs, travel writings,journals and novel as a unique marker of a malaise simultaneously subjective and historical.

About the Author

JULIA BALLERINI has a Ph.D in the history of photography and has taught at Princeton University and Rhode Island School of Design. She has published essays on the history of photography in numerous journals and anthologies. She lives in NewYork City.