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Photography Theory presents forty of the world's most active art historians and theorists, including Victor Burgin, Joel Snyder, Rosalind Krauss, Alan Trachtenberg, Geoffrey Batchen, Carol Squiers, Margaret Iversen and Abigail Solomon-Godeau in animated debate on the nature of photography.


Photography has been around for nearly two centuries, but we are no closer to understanding what it is. For some people, a photograph is an optically ...

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Overview

Photography Theory presents forty of the world's most active art historians and theorists, including Victor Burgin, Joel Snyder, Rosalind Krauss, Alan Trachtenberg, Geoffrey Batchen, Carol Squiers, Margaret Iversen and Abigail Solomon-Godeau in animated debate on the nature of photography.


Photography has been around for nearly two centuries, but we are no closer to understanding what it is. For some people, a photograph is an optically accurate impression of the world, for others, it is mainly a way of remembering people and places. Some view it as a sign of bourgeois life, a kind of addiction of the middle class, whilst others see it as a troublesome interloper that has confused people's ideas of reality and fine art to the point that they have difficulty even defining what a photograph is. For some, the whole question of finding photography's nature is itself misguided from the beginning.


This provocative second volume in the Routledge The Art Seminar series presents not one but many answers to the question what makes a photograph a photograph?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135867737
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/18/2013
  • Series: Art Seminar
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,349,382
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

James Elkins is E.C. Chadbourne Chair in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the Art Institute of Chicago, and Head of History of Art at the University College Cork, Ireland. He is author of Pictures and Tears, How to Use Your Eyes, and What Painting Is, and, most recently, The Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art and Master Narratives and Their Discontents, all published by Routledge.

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Table of Contents


Series Preface     vii
Introduction     1
Theories of Photography: A Short History   Sabine T. Kriebel     3
Starting Points     51
Conceptual Limitations of Our Reflection on Photography: The Question of "Interdisciplinarity"   Jan Baetens     53
After Medium Specificity Chez Fried: Jeff Wall as a Painter; Gerhard Richter as a Photographer   Diarmuid Costello     75
Following Pieces: On Performative Photography   Margaret Iversen     91
Time Exposure and Snapshot: The Photograph as Paradox   Thierry de Duve     109
Introductory Note   Rosalind Krauss     125
The Art Seminar   Jan Baetens   Diarmuid Costello   James Elkins   Jonathan Friday   Margaret Iverson   Sabine Kriebel   Margaret Olin   Graham Smith   Joel Snyder     129
Assessments     205
Michael Leja     206
Nancy Shawcross     208
Anne Collins Goodyear     211
Peggy Ann Kusnerz     216
Alan Cohen     218
Martin Lefebvre     220
David Green     244
Sharon Sliwinski     248
DavidBate     253
Abigail Solomon-Godeau     256
Michel Frizot     269
Geoffrey Batchen     284
Johan Swinnen     286
Hilde Van Gelder     299
David Campany     304
Joanna Lowry     313
Carol Squiers     318
Patrick Maynard     319
Vivan Sundaram     333
Rosalind Krauss     339
Liz Wells     342
Beth E. Wilson     346
Martin Lister     350
Shepherd Steiner     358
Alan Trachtenberg     361
Victor Burgin     363
Joel Snyder     369
Afterwords     401
The Trouble with Photography   Anne McCauley     403
Photographs and Fossils   Walter Benn Michaels     431
Notes on Contributors     451
Index     463
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