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Title: Ruskin and visual media
Author: Seddon, Richard Martin
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2011
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John Ruskin's use of the visual when preparing his wide ranging work was key to its value. This study analyses the uses to which the various media were put and from Ruskin's practice, distils a set of informal rules that he applied when deciding which medium to use. These were tested in a series of case studies by applying them to contemporary media. The study is based on Ruskin's use of contemporary techniques had he had them available to his, rather than what use he would have made of them had he been alive today. This latter position would have introduced too many unknown variables. Particular attention was paid to his use of photography due to its introduction and rapid improvement during his lifetime. This was used as an indicator of his acceptance of modem techniques. Additionally, the question of the likelihood of his adoption of digital technology was addressed. The evidence of his use of available media led to the view that he would generally have accepted it. However. he would have made greater use of his practice of instructing an assistant actually to carry out the necessary tasks. The conclusion is that Ruskin would not have objected to the wider use of technology as an aid to recording even though it is today much more pervasive than in his lifetime
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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