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The Impact Of Photography

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In this chapter, the authoritative impact of the photographs emerges from interactions between the denotative claims of photography, the location of the animals in the pictures, and the assertions of the scientific frame in which they are found. Two of the earliest photographs of the thylacine in natural history works show animals in their enclosure in front of a doorway with large stone steps. In 1904 thylacines were housed in a small shed in the northern corner of London Zoo near the much larger kangaroo sheds and paddock. One photograph draws attention to the regular, oblong shape of the bricks in the wall of the sleeping quarters. A criss-cross pattern in light and shadow covers the entire photograph of the thylacine in Berridge's work, connoting a dangerous animal and accentuating the words beneath the picture that pronounce "The Tasmanian Wolf which preys on sheep".

Keywords: London Zoo; photography; Tasmanian wolf; thylacine



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