American Photography

American Photography

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This lively new survey offers fresh insights into 150 years of American photography, placing it in its cultural context for the first time. Orvell examinines this fascinating subject through portraiture and landscape photography, eamily albums and memory, and analyses the particularly 'American' way in which American photographers have viewed the world around them. Combining a clear overview of the changing nature of photographic thinking and practice in this period, with an exploration of key concepts, the result is the first coherent history of American photography, which examines issues such as the nature of photographic exploitation, experimental techniques, the power of the photograph to shock, and whether we should subscribe to the notion of a visual more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 15.24mm | 566.99g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • numerous haltones and colour photographs
  • 0192842714
  • 9780192842718
  • 621,589

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The first coherent national treatment of American photography, its scope extends beyond previous histories. Orvell offers convincing justification for American photography in the technological, self-fashioning, realistic and democratic idiosyncrasies of both medium and nation. Journal of American Studies Coverage is remarkably comprehensive ... The research apparatus of the book is excellent ... The prose is clear and engaging and at points compelling ... From his [Orvell's] best chapter on photography and society emerges a voice which is not simply descriptive but urgent. Journal of American Studies consistently readable and frequently stimulating Burlington Magazine A fine introduction, and stimulating to readers already familiar with the riches of American camera work Professor Mick Gidley, University of Leeds. 01/06/2002 What a terrific book!...Rich references to literature, history, art, and popular culture make this story come alive. Mary Panzer, Author of Matthew Brady and the Image of History, and former curator of photographs for the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery. 22/07/02show more

About Miles Orvell

Miles Orvell is Professor of English and American studies, with a broad interest in modern American culture. Other publications include 'The Real Thing: Imitation and Authenticity in American Culture 1880 - 1940', which was co-winner of the American Studies Association's John Hope Franklin Prize, and his essays and reviews on literature, photography, film, technology, and the arts have appeared in many journals, such as American Art and History of Photography. He is also the Senior Editor of the Encyclopaedia of American Studies, and the Director of American Studies at Temple more

Table of contents

1. Introduction ; 2. Presenting the Self ; 3. Viewing the Landscape ; 4. Seeing and Believing ; 5. A Photographic Art ; 6. Photography and Society ; 7. Versions of the Self ; 8. Photographing Fictions ; 9. Photography and the Image World ; 10. Conclusion: Post Photography ; Timeline ; Further Reading ; Museums and Websites ; Indexshow more

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