Skip to main content
Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Marta Braun

Technology in Practce

University   Ryerson University
E-Mail Address   mbraun@ryerson.ca
Phone Number   (416) 979-5000, ext. 6875
Office Location   KHS-153
Office Hours   TBA


Education

B.A. (Toronto); M.A. Media Studies (SUNY Buffalo)

Biography

Marta Braun works on chronophotographers E.J. Marey and Eadweard Muybridge. In 1994, her book Picturing Time: The Work of Etienne Jules Marey, was shortlisted for Britain's Kraszna-Krausz award, a prize given bi-annually for the best internationally published book in photography. She won this award in 1999, along with four other authors, for the collection of essays Beauty of Another Order: Photography in Science. Professor Braun was made a Knight of the Order of Academic Palms by the Government of France in 1996 in recognition of her contributions. She is currently working on the SSHRC funded history of early film in Ontario with Professor C. Keil, University of Toronto, and on the preservation of digital records as a research member of InterPARES, a SSHRC MCRI project. In 2005 she was awarded a Research Chair from Ryerson University.

Research Interests

Marey; Muybridge; early film history; photography and cinema; scientific cinema; photography and science; visual anthropology; early cinema technology.

Selected Publications

"Aux limites du savoir: 1845-1900; la photographie et les sciences de l'observation," in L'Art de la Photographie des origines å nos jours, André Gunthert and Michel Poivert, eds., Paris: Citadelles & Mazenod, 2007

The Body in Motion," in Moving Pictures: The Un-Easy Relationship between American Art and Early Film, 1890-1910, Nancy Matthews., ed., Williamstown MA: Williams College Museum of Art, 2004.

"The Muybridge Collotypes in the Kingston Museum," in The Muybridge Collection of the Kingston Museum, Stephen Herbert, ed. Kingston-upon-Thames (UK): Flick Books, 2004

Arr¨ºt sur image/Stop Motion, eds., with Francois Albera and Andr¨¦ Gaudreault. Lausanne: Payot, 2002.

"'Sounding Canadian': Early Sound Practices and Nationalism in Toronto-Based Exhibition." Co-authored with Charles Keil. In Sounds of Early Cinema. Edited by Richard Abel, Rick Altman. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001.

"Photography and Time." In Tempus Fugit. Edited by Jan Schall. Kansas City, Kansas: Nelson Atkins Museum, 2000.

"The Expanded Present.The Photography of Movement/Le pr¨¦sent dilat¨¦. La photographie du movement," in Beauty of Another Order. Photography in Science/Photographie et science. Une beaut¨¦ ¨¤ d¨¦couvrir, Ann Thomas. Ed., Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada/ New Haven: Yale University Press. (Krasna Krausz Award, 1999)

Picturing Time: the Work of Etienne-Jules Marey (1830-1904). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992.

 

 

 

 

 



 

By Field of Study


Alphabetical

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

O

P

R

S

T

V

W

Z

Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan