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Photography and Celebrity
Fame and Images

  • Available for pre-order on May 11, 2023. Item will ship after June 1, 2023
ISBN 9781472592316
June 1, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

In the 21st century the photographic image is increasingly integral to everyday communications, while, simultaneously, the culture of fame is participated in and understood by almost everyone. Photography and Celebrity is the first full-length book to explore the connections between photographs and celebrity culture. Drawing on academic debate from a wide disciplinary base, the book takes a historical and thematic approach, guiding the reader through the development of photographic images of the famous from the beginning of the medium to the present era of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.Packed with case studies from fan photography to fine art, the book analyses how photographs have been used to facilitate fame and argues that in the 21st century photography is fundamental to the production of celebrity. Aimed at students of photography, media and cultural studies, this is a comprehensive introduction to how photographs of the famous have been created, circulated and consumed that will fascinate readers seeking to understand this powerful medium.

Table of Contents

Introduction1. Celebrity Before Photography: Famous and Faceless2. The Look of Celebrity: Photography and Personality in the 19th Century3. Fame: The Golden Age of Celebrity and Mass Reproduction4. Shame: Paparazzi Photography and Mortification5. Meeting Celebrities: Fan Photography, or Selfies with the Stars6. Tweeting Celebrities: Fame, Photographs and Social Media7. Double Take: Photography, Celebrity and Art8. Photography After Celebrity: Virtual FameConclusionBibliographyIndex

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Stephen Bull is an artist, writer and lecturer and is currently the Course Leader for BA Photography at the University of Brighton, Brighton, UK. He is the author of Photography (Routledge, 2009) and the editor of the Companion to Photography (Blackwell, 2015).