Photography: A Cultural History / Edition 1by Mary Warner Marien
Pub. Date: 11/28/2002
Providing a new perspective on many of the old stories in the history of photography, Mary Warner Marien's book is a provocative and informative read. She shows how the medium developed in various historical, economic, political, and cultural settings worldwide, and discusses the many uses to which photography has been put-from art to vernacular, documentary to photojournalism, and science to advertising.
Incorporating new research not covered in any other survey, Marien thoughtfully explores ideas generated by and about photography in each period, and examines photography's key role in contemporary art and today's increasing use of digital photography. With a panoply of arresting images by famous photographers such as Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, August Sander, and Margaret Bourke-White-as well as many unusual and seldom-seen pictures-the book is as enticing to look at as its original ideas are stimulating to consider.
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Table of Contents
1. The Origins of Photography (to 1839).
Before Photography. The Invention of “Photographies” . Responses to the Announcement of the Daguerreotype. The Politics of Invention. Focus: The Stranger. Philosophy and Practice: Nature's Automatic Writing.
2. The Second Invention of Photography (1839-1854).
The Second Invention. Focus: Iron, Glass, and Photography. Photography and the Sciences. Focus: Photography, Race, and Slavery. Recording Events with the Camera. War and Photography. Focus: The Mexican-American War. Expeditionary and Travel Photography. Portaiture and the Camera. Focus: The First Police Pictures? Photography and Fiction. Philosophy and Practice: A Threat to Art?
3. The Expanding Domain (1855-1880).
The Stereograph. War and Photography. Focus: The Valley of Death. Portrait: Mathew Brady. Portrait: Alexander Gardner. Topographical Surveys and Photography. Focus: The Abyssinian Campaign, or the Magdala Expedition. Photography and Science. Photography and the Social Sciences. Popularizing Ethnic and Economic Types. Art and Photography. Portrait: Julia Margaret Cameron. Women Behind the Camera. Focus: Lewis Carroll's Photographs of Children. Philosophy and Practice: “Superseded by Reality” .
4. Photography in the Modern Age (1880-1918).
The Challenge for Art Photography. Pictorialism. Portrait: Alfred Stieglitz. Portrait: Edward Steichen. Portrait:Gertrude Käsebier. Photography and the Modern City. Portrait: Jacob Riis. Science and Photography. Focus: Photography and Futurism. Focus: WorkerEfficiency: The Gilbreth's Time and Motion Studies. Photography, Social Science, and Exploration. Focus: The National Geographic. War and Photography. Philosophy and Practice: The Real Thing.
5. A New Vision (1919-1945).
Revolutionary Art: The Soviet Photograph. Focus: Photomontage or Photocollage. Dada and After. Surrealist Photography. Focus: Film and Photography. Experimental Photography and Advertising. California Modern. Social Science, Social Change, and the Camera. Portrait: Margaret Bourke-White. Portrait: August Sander. Popular Science. World War II. Philosophy and Practice: The “Common Man” and the End of Media Utopia.
6. Through the Lens of Culture (1945-75).
The Family of Man. Cultural Realitivism and Cultural Resistance. Focus: Making an Icon of Revolution. Mexico. Portrait: Manuel Álvarez Bravo. Africa. Asia. Portrait: Shomei Tomatsu. Focus: Photographing the Atomic Bomb. The West and the Cold War. Annihilation, Alienation, Abstraction: America. Technology and Media in Postwar America. Photography in Art. Philosophy and Practice. Photography “Born Whole” .
7. Convergences (1975-2000).
The Predicaments of Social Concern. Portrait: Sabastãio Salgado. Neutral Vision. Focus: The Cambodian Genocide Photographic Database. The Look of Politics. The Postmodern Era. Focus: Culture Wars. Family Pictures. Focus: Looking at Children. Nature and the Body Politic. Philosophy and Practice: The Passing of the Postmodern.
Epilogue: On Beauty, Science, and Nature.
Post-Photography. Everything Old Is New Again. Timeline. Glossary. Notes. Bibliography. Literary Credits. Picture Credits. Index.
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