An Introduction to the Theory and Meaning of Images
Reading Photographs, 2nd edition introduces the key theories of representation and visual analysis and demonstrates how they can be applied to photography. Introducing the many different approaches to critical theory for photography, Richard Salkeld explores identity, gaze, psychoanalysis, voyeurism and aesthetics.As with all the books in the Basics Creative Photography series, Reading Photographs uses visual examples to illustrate the text and case studies to delve deeper into the theories and techniques raised within each chapter. In addition, each chapter includes box outs introducing influential photographers, theorists and critics as well as activities to help you apply relevant theories to your own practice.New to this edition: Exploration of the impact of digital and mobile photography and social media platforms on the interpretation of photographic images. Additional coverage of postmodernism and how it can inform photographic practice and the interpretation of visual imagery, as well as how feminist, post-structuralist and Marxist theories can offer alternative ways of analysing and understanding photographs.
Table of Contents
IntroductionChapter 1: What is a Photograph?Time and LightUses and ApplicationsThe Camera: An Ongoing EvolutionCase Study: Chuck CloseChapter 2: Reading the SignsWhere Do Meanings Come From?Language: Words, Sounds and ImagesSemiotics: the Study of SignsIdeology: Ideas, Practices and BeliefsCase Study: Anthony BarrettChapter 3: Truth and LiesWhat is ‘Real’?Representation and RealityFacts and FictionCase Study: Thomas HoepkerChapter 4: IdentityPeople and PortraitsSignifying IdentityLookingThe BodyCase Study: Marc GarangerChapter 5: Public vs. Private The Modern WorldMobile photography and Social MediaThe Bad, The Mad and the ‘Other’Surveillance Society: the PanopticonWho is Looking at Whom?Public Spaces – Private LivesCase Study: Shizuka YokomizoChapter 6: AestheticsBut is it Art?Photography Cannot be ArtWhat is Art?Photography as ArtInto PostmodernismBeyond PostmodernismCase Study: Richard BillinghamConclusionBibliographyReferencesIndex
Richard Salkeld is Senior Lecturer in History and Theory of Art & Photography at the University of Gloucestershire, UK.