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M. Antonella Pelizzari
Campus Affiliation: Hunter College
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 1998
Research Interests: 19th- and 20th- Century History of Photography

Professor of 19th- and 20th- Century History of Photography

Professor M. Antonella Pelizzari's research in the history of photography focuses on issues of cultural representation and the intersection of photography with politics. She was curator at the Canadian Center for Architecture where she organized the exhibition Traces of India (2003), receiving the Historians of British Art Book Prize from the College Art Association, and has recently completed a book on Photography and Italy (Reaktion Books, 2010), which looks at this country's nationalism and modernity in relationship to photography. She has contributed to several anthologies on 19th- and 20th- century photography, and has published essays in scholarly journals such as History of Photography, Visual Resources, Afterimage, Casabella, Photography and Culture, Perspectives. She is on the editorial board of the journal History of Photography. She is currently editing a volume on the dialogue between photography and architecture and is working on a new book on photomontage in Italy in the 1930s.


Photography and Italy. London: Reaktion Books, 2010.

"Novellas as Allegories of the Self," in Michele Penhall, ed., Desire for Magic: Patrick Nagatani. University of New Mexico Art Museum, 2010.

"Nouvelles pistes conceptuelles entre la photographie et l'architecture," Perspectives. Actualites' de la recherché en histoire de l'art. 4, 2009.

Editor and Curator of Traces of India: Photography, Architecture and the Politics of Representation. Montreal and New Haven: CCA and Yale Center for British Art, 2003.

"Retracing the Outlines of Rome: Intertextuality and Imaginative Geographies in Nineteenth-Century Photographs," in Joan M. Schwartz and James R. Ryan (eds) Picturing Place: Photography and the Geographical Imagination. London and New York: I.B.Tauris, 2002.

"An Exhaustless Store for the Imagination to Feed Upon. Reflections on American Art and Photography," in Stephan Koja (ed.), America: The New World in 19th-Century Painting. Munich: Prestel, 1999.

"Pompeo Bondini: Della Via Appia (1853)." History of Photography. 20:1, Spring 1996.