The Passionate Camera: Photography and Bodies of Desire, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Passionate Camera

Photography and Bodies of Desire, 1st Edition

By Deborah Bright


496 pages

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Paperback: 9780415145824
pub: 1998-10-08
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The Passionate Camera brings together over fifty artists, scholars and critics to address a broad range of issues in photography and sexuality. The authors address the importance of reinterpreting historical works by known homosexual photographers, issues in contemporary photography and sexual diversity, and the use and abuse of photographs of sexual subjects in current political campaigns and direct activism. The Passionate Camera features color and black and white illustrations of works by artists such as Ajamu, Catherine Opie, Lyle Ashton, Yasumasa Morimura, John O'Reilly and Sunil Gupta. For the first time, these works have been gathered together in a lucid and accessible critical context, making The Passionate Camera the pre-eminent source on queer and sex-radical photography at the end of the twentieth century.


The cumulative insights of The Passionate Camera are both vibrantly comprehensive and intensely personal; these multi-disciplinary studies map radical approaches to the pungent complexities of photographs that are sexually charged.' - Trevor Fairbrother, Deputy Director of Art, Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern Art, Seattle Art Museum

'While engaging the challenge queer politics presents to the status quo, the contributions to 'The Passionate Camera' illuminate the central position that supposed minorities of all kinds hold in contemporary culture. An amazing collection of essays and photographs, the books is a multifaceted exploration of the body, sexuality, and consensus culture that is theoretically smart, beautifully written, and a pleasure to peruse.' - Carol Squires,Senior Editor, American Photo magazine

Table of Contents

Kaucyila Brooke, California Institute of the Arts, USA, Michael Budd, Bradford University, USA, Mark Alice Durant, Syracuse University, USA, Paul Franklin, Harvard University, USA, Lyle Ashton Harris, Otis Art Institute, USA, Carol Jacobsen, University of Michigan, USA, Thomas Allen Harris, David Joselit, Department of Art History, USA, Liz Kotz, Columbia University, USA, Mary Patten, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA, Erica Rand, Bates College, USA, Mark A. Reid, University of Florida, USA, Mysoon Rizk, University of Illinois at Champaign, USA, Connie Samaras, University of California at Santa Cruz, USA, Thomas Waugh, Concordia University, Canada

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Popular Culture
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies