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What Is A Photographic Register?

Wilson, Dawn M



This Discussion Piece is a response to Mark Windsor's Discussion Piece (2023) 'Photographic Registers are Latent Images', which is a response to my article, (2021) 'Invisible Images and Indeterminacy: Why we need a Multi-stage Account of Photography' JAAC 79(2) 161-174..

I argue that a photosensitive surface does not produce invisible pictorial features when it is exposed to light, and conclude, contra Windsor, that a photographic register is not a latent image. I argue that Windsor does not succeed in defending a single-stage account of photography and I reconfirm that a multi-stage account is correct.


Wilson, D. M. (in press). What Is A Photographic Register?. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism,

Journal Article Type Commentary
Acceptance Date Feb 20, 2023
Deposit Date May 19, 2023
Journal Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
Print ISSN 0021-8529
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Item Discussed Mark Windsor 'Photographic Registers are Latent Images' JAAC, March 2023 .
Keywords Photography; Photograph; Multi-stage Account; Latent Image; chemical development
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