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Title: The invisible made visible
Authors: Natale, Simone
Keywords: Radiography
Medicine
X-rays
Photography
Early cinema
Visual media
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: NATALE, S., 2011. The invisible made visible. Media History, 17 (4), pp. 345 - 358
Abstract: This article focuses on the early history of X-rays. It argues that, during the first years after their discovery in 1895 by German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, they were regarded as a technological attraction and a visual medium. While their application in medical practice was not yet fully established, the possibility of seeing into the realm of the invisible encouraged pioneers of this technology to actively exploit their visual powers. By using a media-history framework, and relying on primary and secondary sources in English, German, French, and Italian, the article takes into account three aspects of the rays' early display: its character of technological attraction; its association with photography; and its connection to beliefs in the supernatural and the occult.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Media History on 29th July 2011, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13688804.2011.602856
Sponsor: Research that lead to the publication of this article was conducted thanks to a Deutsche Akademische Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Research Fellowship at the University of Cologne, Germany, under the supervision of Prof. Irmela Schneider, and a Roberto Radicati Scholarship awarded by the National Cinema Museum Association of Torino, Italy, under the supervision of Prof. Peppino Ortoleva.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/13688804.2011.602856
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/19408
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13688804.2011.602856
ISSN: 1368-8804
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