Providing a thorough and comprehensive introduction to the study of photography, this second edition of Photography: The Key Concepts has been expanded and updated to cover more fully contemporary changes to photography.
Photography is a part of everyday life; from news and advertisements, to data collection and surveillance, to the shaping of personal and social identity, we are constantly surrounded by the photographic image. Outlining an overview of photographic genres, David Bate explores how these varied practices can be coded and interpreted using key theoretical models. Building upon the genres included in the first edition – documentary, portraiture, landscape, still life, art and global photography – this second edition includes two new chapters on snapshots and the act of looking. The revised and expanded chapters are supported by over three times as many photographs as in the first edition, examining contemporary practices in more detail and equipping students with the analytical skills they need, both in their academic studies and in their own practical work.
An indispensable guide to the field, Photography: The Key Concepts is core reading for all courses that consider the place of photography in society, within photographic practice, visual culture, art, media and cultural studies.
About the Author
David Bate is Professor of Photography at the University of Westminster, London, UK. An established photographer and writer, he is the author of many essays and visual works. He is also co-editor of the jourbanal Photographies.
Table of Contents
1. PHOTOGRAPHY THEORY
2. SNAPSHOTS AND INSTITUTIONS
3. DOCUMENTARY AND STORYTELLING
4. SEEING PORTRAITS
5. THE COMPOSITION OF LANDSCAPES
6. THE OBJECT OF STILL LIFE
7. PHOTOGRAPHY AND ART
8. GLOBAL PHOTOGRAPHY
9. THE SCOPIC DRIVE
10. HISTORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book stands side-by-side with Susan Sontag's "On Photography" and Roland Barthes' "Camera Lucida" as a must read for anyone wanting to further their understaning of photography. It is written in an accessible manner and one need not have a background in critical theory to understand it. I've been a photography for thirty-five years and this book completely changed my understanding of the medium.