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
What is a Photograph?
How Do We Read a Photograph?
Photography and the Nineteenth Century
Landscape in Photography
The City in Photography
The Portrait in Photography IOI Chapter 7 The Body in Photography
The Photograph Manipulated
The Cabinet of Infinite Curiosities
List of Illustrations
The Photograph as Fine Art
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