Despite modernist precepts, digital projects that use crowdsourcing to annotate large collections of images of paintings and book illustrations with “tags” have encouraged viewers to see things in pictures and to say what they see. Both personal image tagging (ekphrastic in function) and automatic image tagging challenge in different ways the proposition that a painting as such will elide recognizable content.
Seeing and Tagging Things in Pictures
Michael Hancher, Professor of English at the University of Minnesota, has published essays on topics that range from Victorian literature and painting to questions of intention and interpretation in literature and the law, pragmatics, electronic text, and the digital archive. His work on book illustration includes The Tenniel Illustrations to the “Alice” Books, 2nd ed. (Ohio State University Press, 2019), and many articles on dictionary illustration. He is a past president of the Dictionary Society of North America.
Michael Hancher; Seeing and Tagging Things in Pictures. Representations 1 August 2021; 155 (1): 82–109. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2021.155.4.82
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