Photography : The Key Concepts

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Since its introduction nearly 200 years ago, photography has become part of everyday life, a position consolidated by the recent development of digital imaging and manipulation. Used to confirm identity, to sell products, to reshape the real, to visualize the news, to record and communicate the personal moment, and as an art form in its own right, photography is now one of the most accessible and pervasive of media. Photography: The Key Concepts provides an ideal guide to the place of photography in our society and to the extraordinary range of photographic genres. Outlining the history of photography and explaining the body of theory which has built up around its use, the book guides the reader through the genres of documentary, portraiture, landscape, still life, art and global photography. Illustrated with a range of historical and contemporary images and case material, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in photography.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 12mm | 381.02g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Berg Publishers
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 20 b&w illustrations, bibliography, index
  • 1845206673
  • 9781845206673
  • 90,668

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Photography: The Key Concepts, brilliantly engages students in the essential theoretical debates around contemporary photography. While not shying away from the necessity for the serious study of theory, not least in the core approaches of semiotics and psychoanalysis, it strikes just the right balance between erudition and plain explanation. Michael O'Brien, Roehampton University This volume is cleverly written and could be helpful in a context where students' reading is supervised and commented upon. B.P. Chalifour, CHOICE Magazine

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About David Bate

David Bate is a photographer and writer on photography. He is currently Reader in Photography and Course Leader of the MA Photographic Studies programme at the University of Westminster. His theoretical writings include the book Photography and Surrealism and his photographic works have been exhibited in Europe and North America.

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