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Why Art Photography? / Edition 1

Why Art Photography? / Edition 1

by Lucy Soutter


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Why Art Photography? / Edition 1

Contemporary art photography is paradoxical. Anyone can look at it and form an opinion about what they see, yet it represents critical positions that only a small minority of well-informed viewers can usually access.

Why Art Photography? provides a lively, accessible introduction to the ideas behind today’s striking photographic images. Exploring key issues such as ambiguity, objectivity, staging, authenticity, the digital and photography’s expanded field, the chapters offer fresh perspectives on existing debates. While the main focus is on the present, the book traces concepts and visual styles to their origins, drawing on carefully selected examples from recognized international photographers. Images, theories and histories are described in a clear, concise manner and key terms are defined along the way.

This book is ideal for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of photography as an art form.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415577342
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/15/2014
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Lucy Soutter is a photographer, critic and art historian. She is Course Leader of the Photography Arts MA at the University of Westminster, UK. Her writings on contemporary art and photography include essays in The Photographic Object 1970 (2016), Girls! Girls! Girls! In Contemporary Art (2011), and Role Models: Feminine Identity in Contemporary Photography (2008).

Table of Contents

List of Figures Introduction: Why Art Photography? 1 Hybrid Genres: Portraiture 2 Objectivity and Seriousness 3 Fictive Documents 4 Authenticity 5 Digital Dialogues: Spectacle and Spectators 6 Beyond Photography Bibliography Index

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