Photography: A Critical Introduction
Psychology Press, 2000 - Art - 384 pages
Surveying the spectrum of photography from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, Photography: A Critical Introductionis the first book to examine key debates in photographic theory and place them in their proper social and political contexts. While most histories of photography invariably focus on the works of the "great photographers," this book is written especially to provide a coherent introduction to the nature of photographic seeing and its personal and cultural significance through history.
Contributors lucidly examine a range of major photographic theories, histories, genres and issues, covering such topics as key debates in photographic theory and history; documentary photography and photojournalism; personal and popular photography; photography and commodity culture; photography and the human body; photography as art; and photography in the age of electronic imaging.
This completely revised and updated second edition includes detailed case studies; key references, biographies of key thinkers, and margin notes; a full glossary of terms, comprehensive end-of-chapter bibliographies, and resource information, including guides to public archives and useful web sites. The lavish illustrations include images by Bill Brandt, Lee Friedlander, Hannah Hoch, Roshini Kempadoo, Dorothea Lange, Lee Miller, Alexander Rodchenko, Jacob Riis, Sebastio Salgado, Andres Serrano and Jo Spence.
Histories of photography
Photography and social history
The camera at war
Riis in the New York slums
The modern era
Modern photography the gallery and the archive
Black and British
festivals and publishing
Photography in the age
Digitising photographs the initial
The Farm Security Administration FSA
Theory and the critique of documentary
Cultural politics and everyday life
and commodity culture
Objects of desire
The antipornography campaigns
Photography and death
Realism and systems of representation
advertising aesthetic albums American archives argued artists Barthes Bauhaus Benetton Benjamin Bill Brandt body Britain British camera chapter Cicciolina commercial commodity Conceptual Art constructed contemporary context conventions critical cultural curators debates developed digital image discussion documentary photography electronic emphasis essay everyday example exhibition explore fashion photography feminist fetishism film focus gallery gender genre History of Photography human ideas image technologies imagery instance Jo Spence kind landscape London looking magazine male meaning medium Mitchell Modem modern Museum nature nineteenth century objects organised painting particular photographic image photographic practices photojournalism photomontage Pictorialists political portrait postmodern production questions realism reality refer relation representation represented reproduction Roland Barthes Rosler semiotics sexual signified social space specific straight photography Tagg techniques theory tion traditional twentieth century Victorian viewer Virtual reality visual Walter Benjamin York