Traveling Light: Photography, Travel and Visual Culture

Overview

This is a thoroughly illustrated study of the close and continuous relationship between two of modern culture’s central phenomena: the photographic image and travel. Contributing to the growing literature of travel and its representations, the book argues that from its beginnings, photography has played a constitutive role in the formation of travel--comparable in importance to its part in the portrayal of social identity. It shows how, in turn, travel has shaped the use and language of all types of photographic ...
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Overview

This is a thoroughly illustrated study of the close and continuous relationship between two of modern culture’s central phenomena: the photographic image and travel. Contributing to the growing literature of travel and its representations, the book argues that from its beginnings, photography has played a constitutive role in the formation of travel--comparable in importance to its part in the portrayal of social identity. It shows how, in turn, travel has shaped the use and language of all types of photographic production.
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A study of the close relationship between the photographic image and travel. Argues that from its beginning photography has played a constitutive role in the formation and perception of travel, and shows how, in turn, travel has shaped the use and language of all types of photographic practice. Looks at a range of photographic work from the mid-19th century to the late 20th century, and discusses areas such as empire, religion, and gender in Victorian travel photography; travel and the consumption of images; and photography and paradise. Includes color and b&w photos. Osborne is senior lecturer in cultural studies and photography theory at the London College of Printing, School of Media (The London Institute). Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719044007
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Series: Critical Image Series
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 9.76 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Osborne is Senior Lecturer at the London College of Printing, School of Media.
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Table of Contents

Camera Portablilis * Powers of Reverie * Worlds in a House * Paradox Amusements: Tourism and The Modern Image * Travel Products: Promoting Tourist Vision * Sabulous: The Beach and Self Display * Fixing Arcadia * Neither Here nor There: Photographers, Exiles, the Faces of Strangers * The Appearance of Disappearance Camera Portablilis * Powers of Reverie * Worlds in a House * Paradox Amusements: Tourism and The Modern Image * Travel Products: Promoting Tourist Vision * Sabulous: The Beach and Self Display * Fixing Arcadia * Neither Here nor There: Photographers, Exiles, the Faces of Strangers * The Appearance of Disappearance
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