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Lynne Bentley-Kemp, Rochester Institute of Photography
"A timely revision of a great book. It is invaluable in setting the stage for critical research in photography. An accessible, comprehensive and substantial contribution to the critical study of photography." --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
Deborah Bright, Rhode Island School of Design
"Bravo to Liz Wells for putting together such a comprehensive critical introduction to the protean subject of photography. This will be a 'must read' for every serious student of the medium. Lucidly written, illustrated with well selected examples, and furnished with a helpful glossary, Photography: A Critical Introduction explores how histories, theories, and social uses of photography evolved in particular cultural contexts and illuminates the key terms in which photographic practices are... read more --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
Surveying the spectrum of photography from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, Photography: A Critical Introduction is the first book to examine key debates in photographic theory and place them in their proper social and political contexts. While most histories of photography invariably focus on the works of the "great photographers," this book is written especially to provide a coherent introduction to the nature of photographic seeing and its personal and cultural significance through history.
Contributors lucidly examine a range of major photographic theories, histories, genres and issues, covering such topics as 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; and photography in the age of electronic imaging.
This completely revised and updated second edition includes detailed case studies; key references, biographies of key thinkers, and margin notes; a full glossary of terms, comprehensive end-of-chapter bibliographies, and resource information, including guides to public archives and useful web sites. The lavish illustrations 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.