The Photograph

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Oxford University Press, 1997 - Art - 247 pages
From the first misty `heliograph' taken by Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1826 to the classic compositions of Cartier-Bresson and Alfred Steiglitz, to the striking postmodern strategies of Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman and Victor Burgin, the history of photography is a record of dazzling and penetrating images. But photographs are also the most pervasive images of our time, infinite in their capacity to record and make moments significant, granting status to everything they touch. So how do we read a photograph? In a series of brilliant discussions of major themes and genres, Graham Clarke gives a clear and incisive account of the photograph's historical development, and elucidates the insights of the most interesting thinkers on the subject such as Roland Barthes and Susan Sontag. At the heart of the book is his ground-breaking examination of the main subject areas - landscape, the city, portraiture, the body, and reportage - and his detailed analysis of exemplary images in terms of their cultural and ideological contexts.
 

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 ΙΟΙ 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 is Reader in Literary and Image Studies, University of Kent, Canterbury. His publications include The American City: Literary and Cultural Perspectives (St Martin's Press, 1988), and The Portrait in Photography (Reaktion Books, 1992). He is on the advisory board of the journal History of Photography and the editorial board of Journal of American Studies (Cambridge).

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