Following a brief overview of the eugenics movement in britain the us and germany maxwell introduces the scientific use of photography and its particular conventions in the context of racial identification and the furtherance of european imperialism p 11. Hence despite my reservations about the methodology used in this book and omissions within the text the complex picture imperfect it paints well before the word genocide was coined in 1944 throws a stark and invaluable light on the dark history of eugenics. Photos helped promote diverse agendas from british scientist francis galtons first use of the medium to depict the new science of human breeding to the naziss justification of their master race ideology and infamous policies . Photography and eugenics 1879 1940 anne maxwell anne maxwells book picture imperfect provides an excellent introduction to the role of photography in the eugenicists propaganda in her study maxwell examines the topic of eugenics through the lenses of anthropology sociology and the history of scientific racism . Picture imperfect photography and eugenics 1870 1940 by anne maxwell brighton sussex academic press 2008 both photography and eugenics arise in the mid nineteenth century both are part of a perceived rise of science in the public sphere and they are linked in that eugenics quickly makes use of the objective claims
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