The Disciplinary Frame: Photographic Truths and the Capture of Meaning

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U of Minnesota Press, 2009 - Photography - 392 pages
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How do photographs gain their meaning and power? John Tagg claims that, to answer this question, we must look at the ways in which everything that frames photography - the discourse that surrounds it and the institutions that circulate it - determines what counts as truth.
 

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Contents

Camera Culture and the State
1
Documentary and the Rhetoric of Recruitment
51
Walker Evanss Resistance to Meaning
95
The Breakup of the Documentary Moment
179
Photography History Archive
209
Art History and the Frame
235
Notes
265
Bibliography
357
Index
379
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John Tagg is Associate Professor of English at Palomar College in San Macros, California, and author of The Learning Paradigm College.

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