The Photograph

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Oxford University Press, 1997 - Photography - 247 pages
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How do we read a photograph? In this rich and fascinating work, Graham Clarke gives a clear and incisive account of the photograph's historical development, and elucidates the insights of the most engaging thinkers on the subject, such as Roland Barthes and Susan Sontag. From the first misty "heliograph" taken by Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1826 to the classic compositions of Cartier-Bresson and Alfred Steiglitz and the striking postmodern strategies of Robert Mapplethorpe, Clarke provides a groundbreaking examination of photography's main subject areas--landscape, the city, portraiture, the body, and reportage--as well as a detailed analysis of exemplary images in terms of their cultural and ideological contexts. With over 130 illustrations, The Photograph offers a series of discussions of major themes and genres providing an up-to-date introduction to the history of photography and creating a record of the most dazzling, penetrating, and pervasive images of our time.
 

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This is my first text book since starting my photography course with the OCA. I know it seems daft, but I haven't really paid much attention to the discipline of photography besides actually taking ... Read full review

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An absolute classic book on the history and theory of photography. Using iconic images such as Steiglitz' Flatiron it looks under the skin of photography's raison d etre, from the viewpoint of the photographer, the viewer and the photographed. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
7
What is a Photograph?
11
How Do We Read a Photograph?
27
Photography and the Nineteenth Century
41
Landscape in Photography
55
The City in Photography
75
The Portrait in Photography IOI Chapter 7 The Body in Photography
123
Documentary Photography
145
The Photograph Manipulated
187
The Cabinet of Infinite Curiosities
207
Notes
222
List of Illustrations
226
Bibliographic Essay
230
Timeline
234
Glossary
238
Index
240

The Photograph as Fine Art
167

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About the author (1997)


Graham Clarke, Reader in Literary and Image Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury, serves on the advisory board of the journal, History of Photography. His recent publications include The Portrait in Photography and The American City: Literary & Cultural Perspectives.

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