"Photographers have been reenacting history since the mid-19th century, and their subjects range from global political histories, to personal or family memories, to the history of art itself. If one is to analyze the reenactment of history for the camera within the broader context of staged photography, it might be helpful to examine these photographs by principal function rather than time period. I will consider the works of eighteen artists whose photographs date from 1858 to the present under three superficial categories: resurrection, projection, and correction."
"Contemporary research confirms that nearly all imperial Roman sculpture was partly or totally painted, and many were gilded and polished. In fact, polychromy in the Roman Empire is part of a much longer history of painted sculpture. Pharaonic Egypt, Qin Dynasty China, Ancient Greece, and the Hellenistic World saw paint applied to sculpture long before the Roman Empire, and the tradition would be upheld after the fall of the West by artists of the Byzantine Empire, Medieval Europe, Renaissance, Baroque, and contemporary practice."
"Throughout the course of its history, methods of reproducing the photographic image have welcomed and assimilated “new technical developments, with no fear of the tried and tested methods being abandoned.” As exhibition and reproduction techniques have advanced, so too they witnessed complex intermedial relationships expressed by the images they produced. The resulting photo-copies (not to be confused with photocopies) transformed the role of the artist entirely."
"They are, in a way, bringing a piece of the celebrity into their homes, and by doing so near or post-mortem, consumers would be preserving a piece of the celebrity’s living memory in the photographic medium [...] their old age also becomes a selling point, a key incentive for purchasing what may be the last ever photograph taken of them [...] many of Dornac’s subjects died within a matter of years after having their portraits taken."