Photography: A Critical Introduction

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Liz Wells
Psychology Press, 2000 - Art - 384 pages
This is the first introductory textbook to examine key debates in photographic theory and place them in their social and political contexts. Written especially for students in further and higher education and for introductory college courses, it provides a coherent introduction to the nature of photographic seeing.
This completely revised and updated second edition includes:
* key concepts, biographies of major thinkers, seminal references
* a full glossary of terms, comprehensive bibliographies
* resource information, including guides to public archives and useful web sites
Individual chapters cover:
* 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 * Photography in the age of electronic imaging
There are over 100 photographs and images, of huge diversity. They 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

INTRODUCTION
3
THINKING ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY DEBATES HISTORICALLY AND NOW
9
INTRODUCTION
11
AESTHETICS AND TECHNOLOGIES
12
CONTEMPORARY DEBATES
22
HISTORIES OF PHOTOGRAPHY
45
PHOTOGRAPHY AND SOCIAL HISTORY
53
SURVEYORS AND SURVEYED PHOTOGRAPHY OUT AND ABOUT
65
THE SUBJECT AS ABJECT PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE HUMAN BODY
217
INTRODUCTION
219
EMBODYING SOCIAL DIFFERENCE
220
OBJECTS OF DESIRE
225
TECHNOLOGICAL BODIES
237
PHOTOGRAPHY AND DEATH
244
SUMMARY
246
ON AND BEYOND THE WHITE WALLS PHOTOGRAPHY AS ART
251

INTRODUCTION
67
SURVEYS AND SOCIAL FACTS
68
THE CONSTRUCTION OF DOCUMENTARY
89
DOCUMENTARY SINCE THE SECOND WORLD WAR
99
SWEET IT IS TO SCAN PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHS AND POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY
117
INTRODUCTION
119
IN AND BEYOND THE CHARMED CIRCLE OF HOME
123
PATHS UNHOLY AND DEEDS WITHOUT A NAME?
151
CONSTRUCTIONS OF ILLUSION PHOTOGRAPHY ANS COMMODITY CULTURE
165
INTRODUCTION
167
THE GRAMMAR OF THE AD
172
HEGEMONY IN PHOTOGRAPHIC REPRESENTATION
179
FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY
185
THE CONTEXT OF THE IMAGE
202
INTRODUCTION
253
EARLY DEBATES AND PRACTICES
256
THE MODERN ERA
265
LATE TWENTIETHCENTURY PERSPECTIVES
277
PHOTOGRAPHY WITHIN THE INSTITUTION
290
PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE AGE OF ELECTRONIC IMAGING
303
INTRODUCTION
305
A POSTPHOTOGRAPHIC ERA?
312
WALTER BENJAMIN AND THE PRECEDENT OF THE AGE OF MECHANICAL REPRODUCTION
318
TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE AND CULTURAL CONTINUITY
322
THE ISSUES FOR PHOTOJOURNALISM
332
THE POSTMODERN CONNECTION
339
SUMMARY
344
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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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