ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: Lindsay Harris, ed., Imagining a Nation’s Capital: Rome and the John Henry Parker Photography Collection, 1864–1879. Ninetenth-Century Art Worldwide (2016).
Initial Concept – The project Imagining a Nation’s Capital began with a question about the relationship between two nineteenth-century phenomena: how can photography represent national identity? From the onset, the project concentrated on Italy, where the emergence of photography as a widespread form of image-making dovetailed with national unification, first under the Savoy monarchy in 1861, and later, in 1870, with the annexation of the Papal States and the establishment of Rome as capital. At the center of the study were photographs of Rome taken between 1861 and 1870, when the city once central to the Roman Empire, the Papacy, and the Grand Tour took on its new role. What did photographers represent during this decade of profound transformation? Did they reproduce views that had long appealed to the city’s tourists? Or did they eschew Rome’s famous monuments to record street views, vernacular scenes, and signs of urbanization evolving to meet the needs of a modern nation’s capital? Digital technology offered a new way to approach these questions and gain a fresh perspective on how the development of a capital city, charged with representing a nation and its common heritage and shared ideals, could be conveyed in visual terms through photography—or so I thought when the project was first conceived, with at best a rudimentary understanding of digital research tools and their ability to fuel new thinking about visual art.
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— Imagining a Nation’s Capital: Rome and the John Henry Parker Photography Collection, 1864–1879, by Lindsay Harris and Luke Hollis, with Emily Pugh, Lavinia Ciuffa, and Maria Sole Fabri, in: . Ninetenth-Century Art Worldwide (2016).
— ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: Archivi: nasce Descriptio Romae – WebGis la nuova banca dati sulla Roma tra Settecento e Ottocento, TAFTER (12|01|2015) & Descriptio Romae [ROMA TRE] | FACEBOOK (01|2015).
— ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: WEBGIS-DIGITALI / G. Nolli (1748), Catasto Gregoriana (1816-24) [Rioni Monti I, Foglio # 9], UNIVERSITA “ROMA TRE” (DIPSU) 2008-15. Foto & stampa 1 di 77.
— ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: C. Häuber, “Digitale Topographie der Stadt Rom” (2012); A. Carandini & P. Carafa, “Atlante di Roma Antica” (2012); SITAR: Sistema informativo Territoriale Archeologico Roma (2011-12); A. Carandini – Progetto: “Imago Urbis” (2008-15). Foto & stampa 1 di 107.