This book examines the role of photography and visual culture in the emergence of ecological science between 1895 and 1939.
Dr Damian Hughes is an independent researcher and photo historian with 25 years of experience as a practising field ecologist.
"Picturing Ecology is a must-read for scholars of visual culture in the sciences, providing an inside-out account of the social, material, and highly visual practices of photography and ecology as they emerged at the beginning of the 20th century. Damian Hughes takes his reader on a journey, from the observation of plants in 19th century botany, to the 20th century observation of 'plant communities', and the development of an 'ecological eye'. It makes for compelling reading, and will change the way we think about embedded and embodied practices of photography in the sciences."
– Kelley Wilder, Professor of Photographic History, De Montfort University, UK
"In this beautifully written and deeply researched book, Damian Hughes has achieved something remarkable. He has provided no less than an authoritative history of the formation of ecology in Great Britain that also demonstrates the integral role played by photography in this formation. Significantly, Hughes shows us in detail how photography was negotiated and integrated into scientific practice. This work is a major contribution that is bound to be a standard go-to for future historians of ecology and photography."
– Omar W. Nasim, Professor of History of Science, University of Regensburg, Germany
"This insightful and deeply researched book shows how the photograph became a vital tool for understanding the interactions of the living world, recording associations, connections, and ephemeral traces. With a background in ecology, photography, and history, Damian Hughes is ideally qualified to open up fresh perspectives on the significance of visual practices for the making of scientific disciplines."
– James A. Secord FBA, Emeritus Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge