Train Your Gaze – Roswell Angier

Train Your Gaze – Roswell Angier

 

“The Random House College Dictionary defines a portrait of any sort as ‘a likeness of a person, especially of the face.” While we may eventually want to ascribe subtler and more complex meanings to the term, this is a good place to start.”

 

“Regardless of the subject’s class or country of origin, the face was the key element in all daguerreotype portraits. It was taken for granted as the essential sign of identity.”

Duchenne de Boulogne

Faradisation du muscle frontal, 1862

“An early example of this practice occured in 1862, with the publication of Guillaume-Benjamin-Amand Duchenne de Boulogne’s Mechanisme de la physionomie humaine (the mechanism of human physiognomy)

Duchenne studied medicine and devoted his career to experiments with what he called therapeutic electropuncture. This was a technique he developed in which an electric shock was administered to the facial muscles he believed were responsible for the expression of 13 primary emotions;

attention

reflection

aggression

pain

joy

benovolence

lasciciousness

sadness

weeping

whimpering

surprise

fright

terror

Some of his images were used by darwin to illustrate his book ‘the expression of emotion in man and animals.”

 

 

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