Each Wild Idea: Writing, Photography, History

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MIT Press, 2002 - Photography - 236 pages
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In Each Wild Idea, Geoffrey Batchen explores a wide range of photographic subjects, from the timing of the medium's invention to the various implications of cyberculture. Along the way, he reflects on contemporary art photography, the role of the vernacular in photography's history, and the Australianness of Australian photography.The essays all focus on a consideration of specific photographs -- from a humble combination of baby photos and bronzed booties to a masterwork by Alfred Stieglitz. Although Batchen views each photograph within the context of broader social and political forces, he also engages its own distinctive formal attributes. In short, he sees photography as something that is simultaneously material and cultural. In an effort to evoke the lived experience of history, he frequently relies on sheer description as the mode of analysis, insisting that we look right at -- rather than beyond -- the photograph being discussed. A constant theme throughout the book is the question of photography's past, present, and future identity.

  

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Contents

PRELUDE
viii
DESIRING PRODUCTION
2
AUSTRALIAN MADE
26
VERNACULAR PHOTOGRAPHIES
56
TAKING AND MAKING
82
POSTPHOTOGRAPHY
108
ECTOPLASM
128
PHOTOGENICS
146
OBEDIENT NUMBERS SOFT DELIGHT
164
DARTA
176
NOTES
192
INDEX
230
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Geoffrey Batchen is Professor of the History of Photography and Contemporary Art at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is the author of Burning with Desire: The Conceptions of Photography (1999) and Each Wild Idea: Writing, Photography, History (2002), both published by the MIT Press.

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