Seizing the Light: A Social History of Photography / Edition 2

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Overview

Seizing the Light: A Social History of Photography provides a thought-provoking, accurate, and accessible introduction to the photographic arts for all readers. With stunning images and commentary by hundreds of international artists, the text clearly and concisely provides the building blocks necessary to critically explore photographic history from the photographers' eye, an aesthetic point of view.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073379210
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 12/9/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 81,909
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Hirsch is an artist, author, curator, and educator.

Hirsch is the author of Seizing the Light: A History of Photography; Exploring Color Photography: From the Darkroom to the Digital Studio published by McGraw-Hill and Photographic Possibilities: The Expressive Use of Ideas, Materials, and Processes published by Focal Press.

He is a former associate editor for Photovision magazine and is a contributing writer for Afterimage, Digital Photography (UK), exposure, Ilford Photo Newsletter, and The Photo Review.

He was the Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Art (CEPA Gallery) in Buffalo, NY.

Hirsch is on the art faculty of SUNY Buffalo and teaches history of photography online through Eastern New Mexico University.

Recently his images have been shown at: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM; Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT; Artspace, New Haven, CT; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD; and Stefan Stux Gallery, NY, NY.

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Table of Contents

Dedication
Preface
Ch. 1 Advancing toward Photography: The Birth of Modernity 3
Ch. 2 The Daguerreotype: Image and Object 25
Ch. 3 Calotype Rising: The Arrival of Photography 49
Ch. 4 Pictures on Glass: The Wet-Plate Process 71
Ch. 5 Prevailing Events/Picturing Calamity 97
Ch. 6 A New Medium of Communication: Art or Industry? 115
Ch. 7 Standardizing the Practice: A Transparent Truth 135
Ch. 8 New Ways of Visualizing Time and Space 165
Ch. 9 Suggesting the Subject: The Evolution of Pictorialism 185
Ch. 10 Modernism: Industrial Beauty 213
Ch. 11 The New Culture of Light 237
Ch. 12 Social Documents 267
Ch. 13 Nabbing Time: Anticipating the Moment 299
Ch. 14 Photography and the Halftone 315
Ch. 15 The Atomic Age 343
Ch. 16 New Frontiers: Expanding Boundaries 371
Ch. 17 Changing Realities 395
Ch. 18 Thinking About Photography 431
Bibliography 485
Individual Artists 492
Technology 502
Sources for Artists Books 503
Index 504
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