History of Art and Architecture

Josh Ellenbogen

Associate Professor



Constellation(s): Visual Knowledge, Agency, Molbility/Exchange

Josh Ellenbogen is a professor in history of photography and modern art. Trained also as an intellectual historian and an historian of science, he received his PhD in art history from the University of Chicago in 2005. He has worked extensively in the history of scientific imaging, relations between painting and photography, representational theory, historiography, and intersections between art history and history/philosophy of science.

Education Details

PhD, Chicago (2005)

Selected Publications

Book-Length Studies

Reasoned and Unreasoned Images: The Photography of Bertillon, Galton, Marey
(Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012).

Idol Anxiety, co-edited anthology of essays on idolatry (Stanford University Press, 2011).

Articles and Essays

"Authority, Objectivity, Evidence: Scientific Photography in Victorian Britain," Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science 39 (Spring, 2008).

"Camera and Mind," Representations 101 (Winter, 2008).

"Educated Eyes and Impressed Images," Art History 33 (June, 2010).

"The Eye of the Sun and the Eye of God," Visual Resources (June, 2010).

"Inhuman Sight," essay in One/Many exh. cat. (University of Chicago Press, 2006).

"On Photographic Elegy," in Karen Weisman, ed. Oxford Book of the Elegy (Oxford University Press, 2010).

"Sontag Reconsidered," Azure 23 (Winter, 2006).

Selected Awards

Gould Post-Doctoral Fellow, Princeton University

Georges Lurcy Educational Trust, Doctoral Fellow

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Doctoral Fellow