Photography: The Key Concepts

Photography: The Key Concepts

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By (author) David Bate

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  • Publisher: Berg Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 230mm x 12mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 15 August 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1845206673
  • ISBN 13: 9781845206673
  • Illustrations note: 20 b&w illustrations, bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 86,632

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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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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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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

Table of contents

CONTENTS List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction Genre Approaches Introduction Summary 1 History De?nitions Historical Problems The History of Photography Photography as Discourse Photographs as Historical Objects Historical Example Photographic Knowledge Plural Meanings Chapter Summary 2 Photography Theory A Short History of Photography Theory Theory of Representation The Language of Photography Points of View Denotation - The Visual Signi?ers CONTENTS List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction Genre Approaches Introduction Summary 1 History De?nitions Historical Problems The History of Photography Photography as Discourse Photographs as Historical Objects Historical Example Photographic Knowledge Plural Meanings Chapter Summary 2 Photography Theory A Short History of Photography Theory Theory of Representation The Language of Photography Points of View Denotation - The Visual Signi?ers Connotations - The Cultural Signi?ed Realism and Reality Poststructuralism Chapter Summary 3 Documentary and Story-telling Editorial Control Auteur Photographers Democratic Vision How the Other Half Lives Reportage 'Decisive Moment' as Peripateia Staging Reality Eyewitness Reality and Representation Desire to See Colour Documentary Tableaux on the Street Chapter Summary 4 Looking at Portraits Identity The Industrial Portrait Mass Portraiture Bureaucratic Portraits Elements of a Portrait 'Reading' Portraits Recognition Identi?cation Narcissism and Looking Projection The Blank Expression Chapter Summary 5 In the Landscape Vision and Knowledge History of Landscape Beauty and the Sublime Photographic Vision Exploration Aesthetics of Description Composure Panoramas Conclusion Chapter Summary 6 The Rhetoric of Still Life Advertising Critique of Advertising Advertising Agency Social Fantasy Product Shots Techniques The Art of Description Still-life Sub-genres Hyperbole The New Objectivity Rhetoric of the Image The Object Image Chapter Summary 7 Art Photography Art Autonomy Mediums Painting and Photography Paradigms Photography in Contemporary Art The Pictorial Paradigm Conceptual Art Street Photography 'Fine art' photography Postmodernism Art as Global Industry Chapter Sumary 8 Global Photography The Globalization of Photography The Flow of Photography World Photography Critique of Universalism Local Readings The World Wide Web The Digital Photograph Image Dissemination Chapter Summary Questions for Essays and Class Discussion Annotated Guide for Further Reading Notes Select Bibliography Index Connotations - The Cultural Signi?ed Realism and Reality Poststructuralism Chapter Summary 3 Documentary and Story-telling Editorial Control Auteur Photographers Democratic Vision How the Other Half Lives Reportage 'Decisive Moment' as Peripateia Staging Reality Eyewitness Reality and Representation Desire to See Colour Documentary Tableaux on the Street Chapter Summary 4 Looking at Portraits Identity The Industrial Portrait Mass Portraiture Bureaucratic Portraits Elements of a Portrait 'Reading' Portraits Recognition Identi?cation Narcissism and Looking Projection The Blank Expression Chapter Summary 5 In the Landscape Vision and Knowledge Historical Context Beauty and the Sublime Photographic Vision Exploration Aesthetics of Description Composure Panoramas Conclusion Chapter Summary 6 The Rhetoric of Still Life Advertising Critique of Advertising Advertising Agency Social Fantasy Product Shots Techniques The Art of Description Still-life Sub-genres Hyperbole The New Objectivity Rhetoric of the Image The Object Image Chapter Summary 7 Art Photography Art Autonomy Mediums Painting and Photography Paradigms Photography in Contemporary Art The Pictorial Paradigm Conceptual Art Street Photography 'Fine art' photography Postmodernism Art as Global Industry Chapter Sumary 8 Global Photography The Globalization of Photography The Flow of Photography World Photography Critique of Universalism Local Readings The World Wide Web The Digital Photograph Image Dissemination Chapter Summary Questions for Essays and Class Discussion Annotated Guide for Further Reading Notes Select Bibliography Index