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<title> ABSTRACT </title>How can it be that an image is interesting at one time, then be totally forgotten, and then reappear in a new context? By examining the possibility of a biography of an image, this article tries to give an answer to this question. Concerning a geological photograph that changed considerably from the mid-19th century until now, it proposes to understand those changes not only as due to different contexts, but to modifications of the image itself. This implicates a concept of "image" that differs in some fundamental aspects from previous discussions, going beyond the distinction of a material and a representational component ("picture"/"image"). As a result, the photograph in question is something that has its own history and is in constant need of stabilization: It becomes as erratic as its referent.


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