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Overview

This brief text is designed to help both beginning and advanced students of photography better develop and articulate thoughtful criticism. Organized around the major activities of criticism (describing, interpreting, evaluating, and theorizing), Criticizing Photographs provides a clear framework and vocabulary for students' critical skill development.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073526539
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 238,139
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Barrett is Professor of Art Education, with a joint appointment in the Department of Art, at The Ohio State University, where he is the recipient of a distinguished teaching award for courses in criticism and aesthetics within education. He has authored four books: Interpreting Art: Reflecting, Wondering and Responding; Criticizing Art: Understanding the Contemporary (2nd ed.); Criticizing Photographs: An Introduction to Understanding Images (4th ed.); and Talking about Student Art. He edited the anthology Lessons for Teaching Art Criticism, published articles in Aesthetic Education, Afterimage, Art Education, Exposure, Camera-Lucida, Dialogue, Cultural Research in Art Education, New Advocate, New Art Examiner, Studies in Art Education, Teaching Artist Journal, Theory into Practice, Visual Arts Research, and many chapters in edited books. He is an art critic in education for the Ohio Arts Council, consults museum education departments, juries exhibitions, and conducts workshops on studio critiques and writing.
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Table of Contents

Criticizing Photographs, Fourth Edition, Terry Barrett

Tentative (10/20/04)

1. About Art Criticism


Defining Criticism


Sources of Criticism


Kinds of Criticism


The Backgrounds of Critics


Stances Toward Criticism


Relations Between Critics and Artists


Criticizing Criticism


The Value of Criticism


2. Describing Photographs: What Do I See?


Defining Description


Descriing an Exhibition: Avedon's In the American West


Describing Subject Matter


Describing Form


Describing Medium


Describing Style


Comparing and Contrasting


Internal and External Sources of Information


Description and Interpretation


Description and Evaluation


The Importance of Description to Readers


Principles for Describing Photographs

3. Interpreting Photographs: What Does It Mean?


An Exemplary Interpretation


About Interpretation


Defining Interpretation

The Objects of Interpretation

Interpretive Claims and Arguments


Interpretive Perspectives


Three Interpretations of Eleanor


Other Interpretive Strategies


Combinations of Interpretive Approaches


"Right" Interpretations


Interpretations and the Artist's Intent


Interpretations and Feelings


Interpretation, Meaning, and Personal Significance


The Community of Interpreters


4. Types of Photographs


Categories of Photographs


New Categories


Descriptive Photographs


Explanatory Photographs


Interpretive Photographs


Ethically Evaluative Photographs


Aesthetically Evaluative Photographs


Theoretical Photographs


5. Photographs and Contexts


Internal Context


Original Context


External Context


External Contexts and Connotations


Interpreting Barbara Kruger's Untitled ("Surveillance"), with Contextual Information


"Surveillance" and Internal Context


"Surveillance" and Original Context


"Surveillance" and External Context


Barbara Kruger's Untitled ("Surveillance"), and the Categories


Descriptive Photographs


Explanatory Photographs


Interpretive Photographs


Ethically Evaluative Photographs


Aesthetically Evaluative Photographs


Theoretical Photographs


The Interpretive Process: A Summary


6. Judging Photographs: Is It Good?


Examples of Judgmental Statements


Positive Judgments


Negative Judgments


Implied Judgments


Opposing Judgments


Comparative Judgments


Jugments and Reasons


Judgments and Criteria


Different Criteria


Realism


Expressionism


Formalism


Instrumentalism


Other Criteria


Choosing Among Criteria


Differing Judgments


Judgments Are Arguments


Reappraisals


Judgments and Preferences


Intentionalism and Judgments


The Objects of Judgments


Judgments of Robert Mapplethorpe's Photographs


Hilton Kramer's and Grace Glueck's Views of Mapplethorpe's Work


Other Critics' Views of Mapplethorpe's Work


Conclusion


7. Photography Theory: Is It Art? Is It True? Is It Moral?


Photography Theory and Practice


Ontological Concerns: What Is a Photograph?


Digital Images and Ontology


Epistemological Concerns: Are Photographs True?


Realist Theory


Conventionalist Theory


Photographic Truth


Aesthetic Concerns: Is Photography Art?


Modernism and Postmodernism


Digital Images and Aesthetic Concerns


Ethical Concerns: Are Photographs Moral?


Marxist Theory and Ethical Photography


Feminist Theory and Ethical Photography


Multicultural Theory and Ethical Photography


Queer Theory and Ethical Photography


Postcolonial Theory and Ethical Photography


Conclusion


8. Writing and Talking About Photographs


Writing About Photographs


Observing Works and Taking Notes


Quick-Writes and Careful-Writes


Students' Interpretive Writings


Building Visual Interpretations


Making Personal Meanings


Judging Photographs


Writing Criteria Statements



Three Student Views of Immediate Family by Sally Mann


Metacritical Writing


Writing Artists' Statements


Processes of Writing


Talking About Photographs


Studio Critiques


Kinds of Critiques


Conducting Successful Critiques


Principles For Effective Critiques




Notes


Bibliography


Index
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