Includes bibliographical references (pages 367-379) and index.
Introduction: the idea of photography -- Inventions: the daguerre moment. The atechnical image ; The institution of photography ; The pencil of nature ; The daguerreotype in the United States: photography and democracy -- Refoundings: the Kodak moment. The Kodak revolution ; Inexact image, device, or sign? Towards a thinking about photography -- Conclusion.