Trace and transformation: American criticism of photography in the modernist period

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University of New Mexico Press, 1995 - Photography - 314 pages
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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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PICTORIALISM
13
STRAIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY
52
DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY
79
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Eisinger teaches in the Humanities Division of the University of Minnesota, Morris.

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