Picture Imperfect: Photography and Eugenics, 1870-1940


Picture Imperfect - now in paperback - documents and critically analyzes the photographs that helped strengthen, as well as bring down, the Eugenics Movement. Using a large body of racial-type images and a variety of historical and archival sources, and concentrating mainly on developments in Britain, the US, and Nazi Germany, the author argues that photography, as the most powerful visual medium of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was vital to the Eugenics Movement's success. Not only did photography allow ...

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