Photography: Critical Introduction / Edition 2

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Overview

This is the first introductory textbook to examine key debates in photographic theory and place them in their social and political contexts. Written especially for students in further and higher education and for introductory college courses, it provides a coherent introduction to the nature of photographic seeing.
This completely revised and updated second edition includes:
* key concepts, biographies of major thinkers, seminal references
* a full glossary of terms, comprehensive bibliographies
* resource information, including guides to public archives and useful web sites Individual chapters cover:
* Key debates in photographic theory and history
• Documentary photography and photojournalism
• Personal and popular photography
• Photography and commodity culture
• Photography and the human body
• Photography as art
• Photography in the age of electronic imaging There are over 100 photographs and images, of huge diversity. They include images by Bill Brandt, Lee Friedlander, Hannah Hoch, Roshini Kempadoo, Dorothea Lange, Lee Miller, Alexander Rodchenko, Jacob Riis, Sebastio Salgado, Andres Serrano and Jo Spence.

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What People Are Saying

Lynne Bentley Kemp
A timely revision of a great book. It is invaluable in setting the stage for critical research in photography. An accessible, comprehensive and substantial contribution to the critical study of photography.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415190589
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Liz Wells is a Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies in film, video and photography at the School of Media, the London Institute, London College of Printing and Distributive Trades

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Editor's preface
Acknowledgements
Illustration acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Thinking about photography: Debates, historically and now 11
2 Surveyors and surveyed: Photography out and about 55
3 'Sweet it is to scan...': Personal photographs and popular photography 103
4 Constructions of illusion: Photography and commodity culture 151
5 On and beyond the white walls: Photography as art 199
6 Photography in the age of electronic imaging 249
Glossary 292
Key public archives 297
Key British magazines 297
Index 299
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