Photography: A Critical Introduction

Photography: A Critical Introduction

by Liz Wells
     
 

"This fully revised and updated third edition of Photography: A Critical Introduction retains its position as the only introductory textbook to examine the key debates in photographic theory and place them in their social and political contexts. It thus integrates photographic theory with photographic history and critically engages with debates about the nature of… See more details below

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"This fully revised and updated third edition of Photography: A Critical Introduction retains its position as the only introductory textbook to examine the key debates in photographic theory and place them in their social and political contexts. It thus integrates photographic theory with photographic history and critically engages with debates about the nature of photographic seeing. The third edition retains the thematic structure and text features of previous editions but also expands coverage on photojournalism and digital imaging." Illustrated with 100 black and white photographs and 16 pages of colour plates, it includes images from Bill Brandt, Susan Derges, Rineke Dijkstra, Lee Friedlander, Fran Herbello, Hannah Hoch, Dorothea Lange, Lee Miller, Martin Parr, Ingrid Pollard, Jacob Riis, Alexander Rodchenko, Sebastiao Salgado and Andres Serrano.

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Praise for the 5th Edition:

"Liz Wells’ book provides an excellent point of entry into the complex theoretical terrain of photography studies, guiding students through critical debates towards an informed understanding of key domains of photographic practice. First published in the 1990s, Photography: A Critical Introduction has established itself as an essential introduction; written in an accessible style, it consolidates the critical literature on photography that has emerged over recent decades, and helps the reader to navigate this extensive and growing field of study." - Darren Newbury, Professor of Photographic History, University of Brighton, UK

Praise for the previous edition:

"The boundaries of contemporary photography are becoming difficult to define while its past is becoming more complicated than we ever imagined. Wells' book is an extraordinary attempt to hold it all together and guide us through." - David Campany, Reader in Photography, University of Westminster, UK

"Bravo to Liz Wells who has done it again with her new edition. It is a must for both educators and students." - Ann Chwatsky, photographer and educator, New York University, USA

Praise for previous editions:

"A brilliantly designed book. It provides a much-needed conceptual perspective, so lacking in other histories of photography, and with the new material on photojournalism [the book] is even stronger." - Ulrich Keller, University of California at Santa Barbara, USA

"Bravo to Liz Wells for putting together such a comprehensive critical introduction. Lucid, smart and well illustrated, this will be a "must read" for every serious student of the medium." - Deborah Bright, Professor of Photography and Art History, Rhode Island School of Design, USA

"An essential purchase. It raises awareness of the main contemporary issues related to photographic practice." - Howard Riley, Swansea Institute of Higher Education, UK

"A timely revision of a great book. It is invaluable in setting the stage for critical research in photography...A substantial contribution to the critical study of photography." - Professor Lynne Bentley-Kemp, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

"Precisely the kind of book I have been yearning to see appear for a long time.Carefully structured, it fulfils the need for a critical theory text for FE, HE and introductory college courses." - Nicky West, University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK

"Ideal for stimulating discussions on the critical use of photographic images and their evaluation. It is ideal for teaching this part of my BTEC Media and BTEC Art and Design courses." - Ken Absalom, Gwent Tertiary College, UK

"Well structured – each chapter is thorough and relevant. The quality of the finish is superb – lovely photos and good use of margin notes." - Richard Swales, Roade School, Northampton, UK

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415125581
Publisher:
Routledge
Publication date:
12/19/1996
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.10(d)

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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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