Photography: A Critical Introduction

Photography: A Critical Introduction

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This is the first introductory textbook to examine key debates in photographic theory and place them in their social and political contexts. Written especially for students in further and higher education and for introductory college courses, it provides a coherent introduction to the nature of photographic seeing.
This completely revised and updated second edition includes:
* key concepts, biographies of major thinkers, seminal references
* a full glossary of terms, comprehensive bibliographies
* resource information, including guides to public archives and useful web sites
Individual chapters cover:
* Key debates in photographic theory and history * Documentary photography and photojournalism * Personal and popular photography * Photography and commodity culture * Photography and the human body * Photography as art * Photography in the age of electronic imaging
There are over 100 photographs and images, of huge diversity. They include images by Bill Brandt, Lee Friedlander, Hannah Hoch, Roshini Kempadoo, Dorothea Lange, Lee Miller, Alexander Rodchenko, Jacob Riis, Sebastio Salgado, Andres Serrano and Jo Spence.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 189.5 x 243.8 x 27.2mm | 1,244.11g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 0415190584
  • 9780415190589

Table of contents

Notes on Contributors Preface Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Thinking about photography: debates historically and now 2.Surveyors and surveyed: photography out and about 3.'Sweet it is to scan...': personal photographs and popular photography 4.Construction of illusion: photography and commodity culture 5.The subject as object: photography and the human body 6.On and beyond the white walls: the status of photography as art 7.Photography in the age of electronic imaging
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Author information

Liz Wells is a Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies in film, video and photography at the School of Media, the London Institute, London College of Printing and Distributive Trades
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