Trace and Transformation: American Criticism of Photography in the Modernist Period
This historical survey of American theory and criticism of art photography covers the period from late-nineteenth-century Pictorialism through 1970s formalism. The author deals deftly with the difficulties faced by critics -- from the essential question, how is photography an art at all? to the more modernist question of what constitutes the medium of photography at its pure core.
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