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The Photography Reader is a comprehensive introduction to theories of photography; its production; and its uses and effects. Including articles by photographers from Edward Weston to Jo Spence, as well as key thinkers like Roland Barthes, Victor Burgin and Susan Sontag, the essays trace the development of ideas about photography. Each themed section features an editor's introduction setting ideas and debates in their historical and theoretical context.

Sections include: Reflections on Photography; Photographic Seeing; Coding and Rhetoric; Photography and the Postmodern; Photo-digital; Documentary and Photojournalism; The Photographic Gaze; Image and Identity; Institutions and Contexts.

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‘A valuable and accessible resource … an outstanding aid for photography students and enthusiasts … highly recommended.’ - Media International Australia inc Culture & Policy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415246613
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 452,511
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
General introduction 1
1 Extracts from Camera Lucida 19
2 What has Occurred only Once: Barthes's Winter Garden/Boltanski's Archives of the Dead 31
3 Extracts from the Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction 42
4 Benjamin and the Political Economy of the Photograph 53
5 Photography within the Humanities 59
6 In Our Image 67
7 Fire and Ice 76
8 Five Notes for a Phenomenology of the Photographic Image 87
9 What the Eye does not See 90
10 A New Instrument of Vision 92
11 Introduction to the Photographer's Eye 97
12 Seeing Photographically 104
13 Rhetoric of the Image 114
14 A Photograph 126
15 Looking at Photographs 130
16 Photography and Fetish 138
17 Winning the Game when the Rules have been Changed: Art Photography and Postmodernism 152
18 The Crisis of the Real: Photography and Postmodernism 164
19 Snapshooters of History: Passages on the Postmodern Argument 180
20 'The Shadow of the Object': Photography and Realism 202
21 Extracts from Introduction to the Photographic Image in Digital Culture 218
22 Photogenics 228
23 The Paradoxes of Digital Photography 240
24 Evidence, Truth and Order: Photographic Records and the Growth of the State 257
25 In, Around, and Afterthoughts (On Documentary Photography) 261
26 Access and Consent in Public Photography 275
27 Photographs of Agony 288
28 Photojournalism and the Tabloid Press 291
29 Cuba Made Me So 309
30 Re-reading Edward Weston: Feminism, Photography and Psychoanalysis 327
31 Cindy Sherman: Burning Down the House 338
32 Doubletake: The Diary of a Relationship with an Image 343
33 The Photograph as an Intersection of Gazes: The Example of National Geographic 354
34 The Vertigo of Displacement 380
35 In Our Glory: Photography and Black Life 387
36 Remembrance: The Child I Never Was 395
37 Photo-Therapy: Psychic Realism as a Healing Art? 402
38 Self Image: Personal is Political 410
39 The Museum's Old, the Library's New Subject 422
40 Words and Pictures: On Reviewing Photography 428
41 Art, Education, Photography 435
42 Reading an Archive: Photography between Labour and Capital 443
Index 453
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