Ghost in the Shell: Photography and the Human Soul, 1850-2000

Ghost in the Shell: Photography and the Human Soul, 1850-2000

by Robert A. Sobieszek
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262692287

ISBN-13: 9780262692281

Pub. Date: 11/08/1999

Publisher: MIT Press

Ghost in the Shell takes as its premise the idea that the outer person is a reflection of the inner. Tracing the modern photographic portrait over the past 150 years, the book reveals the many ways the photographic arts have investigated, represented, interpreted, and subverted the human face and,
consequently, the human spirit. Artists have used the

Overview

Ghost in the Shell takes as its premise the idea that the outer person is a reflection of the inner. Tracing the modern photographic portrait over the past 150 years, the book reveals the many ways the photographic arts have investigated, represented, interpreted, and subverted the human face and,
consequently, the human spirit. Artists have used the genre not only to convey familiar emotions such as fear, love, sadness, and anger, but also to explore complex subjective states such as passionate individuality and psychological withdrawal. Different avant-garde movements have enlisted farce, masks, and masquerade in their charting of the human character, and many postmodern works employ irony and ambiguity to deal with issues of identity, gender, and dissociation.

The book, which accompanies an exhibition opening at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in October 1999, is organized roughly chronologically around the traditional, modernist, and postmodernist views of the face, although the primary approach of one period often appears in the others. The artists discussed include, among others, Diane Arbus, Julia Margaret Cameron, Edward
Curtis, Salvador Dali, Duchenne de Boulogne, Dorothea Lange, Annie Leibowitz, Bruce
Nauman, Orlan, William Parker, Irving Penn, Lucas Samaras, Cindy Sherman, Andy
Warhol, and Edward Weston.

Published in cooperation with the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262692281
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
11/08/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Director's Foreword
Acknowledgments
Preface:
Ghost in the Shell
Introduction:
Photography and the EXpressive Face
Coda:
Ligatures of the Human Face
I. "Gymnastics of the Soul"
The Clinical Aesthetics of Duchenne de Boulogne
II. "Tolerances of the Human Face"
The Affectless Surfaces of Andy Warhol
III. "Abstract Machines of Faciality"
The Dramaturgical Identities of Cindy Sherman
Catalogue of the EXhibition
Lenders to the EXhibitions
Selected Bibliography
IndeX

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