Photography: A Critical Introduction

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Liz Wells
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.
 

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Contents

debates
9
Contemporary debates
22
Histories of photography
45
Photography and social history
53
The museum
57
photography
63
The camera at war
72
Riis in the New York slums
80
The modern era
265
Modern photography the gallery and the archive
276
New constructions
282
Black and British
288
festivals and publishing
294
Photography in the age
303
Digitising photographs the initial
309
Digital simulation
316

Illustrated magazines
87
The Farm Security Administration FSA
94
Theory and the critique of documentary
102
Cultural politics and everyday life
108
and commodity culture
165
photography
217
Objects of desire
225
The antipornography campaigns
231
Technological bodies
237
Photography and death
244
Realism and systems of representation
257
Technological change and cultural
322
War and surveillance
326
Digitisation and the question
332
Convergence multimedia
338
Summary
344
Photography archives
354
Bibliography
360
13
366
Index
375
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About the author (2000)

Liz Wells is a Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies in film, video and photography at the School of Media, the London Institute, London College of Printing and Distributive Trades

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