Rethinking Photography is an accessible and illuminating critical introduction to the practice and interpretation of photography today.
Peter Smith and Carolyn Lefley closely link critical approaches to photographic practices and present a detailed study of differing historical and contemporary perspectives on social and artistic functions of the medium, including photography as art, documentary forms, advertising and personal narratives.
Richly illustrated full colour images throughout connect key concepts to real world examples. It also includes:
Rethinking Photography provides readers with an engaging mix of photographic case studies and an accessible exploration of essential theory. It is the perfect guide for students of Photography, Fine Art, Art History, and Graphic Design as well as practitioners from any background wishing to understand the place of photography in global societies today.
Part 1: Histories Introduction to Part 11. Histories and Pre-Histories2. Photography in the Nineteenth CenturyPeter Smith with Andrew Golding3. Photographic Realism: Straight Photography and Photographic Truth4. The Constructed PhotographCase Study 1. Snapshot Photography and the Portable box CameraCase Study 2. The Digital Camera Part 2: Theories Introduction to Part 25. The Rise of Photography Theories6. Photography and the Written WordCase Study 2. Semiology: How Images Make Meaning Part 3: Photography and Education Introduction to Part 37. Issues and Debates in Photography Education I: New Photography Theory8. Issues and Debates in Photography Education II: The Return of the Real9. Teaching and Learning PhotographyPeter Smith withAndrew Golding10. New Technology and Photography Education Part 4: Beyond the Academy Introduction to Part 411. Photography, Advertising and Consumer Culture12. Photography and The Creative EconomyCase Study 4: Digital and Mobile Phone CulturesCase Study 5: The Designed Photograph: Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) in Car Photography