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The human face has been widely photographed since the invention of the medium. Early on, it was believed that the study of a person's face could reveal aspects of an inner character. But for some time, there has been substantial skepticism of the notion of the photographic portrait as a window into the soul. In this groundbreaking work, the first comprehensive look at contemporary portraiture, Ewing (director, Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; The Body: Photoworks of the Human Form) investigates how emerging digital technologies have redefined the traditional portrait. He further explores the future of portraiture by bringing together 240 contemporary "portraits" from 113 international photographers, including Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Lee Friedlander, and Barbara Kruger. Ewing ingeniously places contemporary images of the face within a theoretical context, drawing on a diverse group of scholars and writers, among them Susan Sontag, Jean Baudrillard, and Marcel Proust. Highly recommended for all collections.
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