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The Photography Cultures Reader
Representation, Agency and Identity

Edited By

Liz Wells

ISBN 9780415749206
Published April 4, 2019 by Routledge
590 Pages

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Book Description

The Photography Cultures Reader: Representation, Agency and Identity engages with contemporary debates surrounding photographic cultures and practices from a variety of perspectives, providing insight and analysis for students and practitioners.

With over 100 images included, the diverse essays in this collection explore key topics, such as: conflict and reportage; politics of race and gender; the family album; fashion, tourism and surveillance; art and archives; social media and the networked image. The collection brings together essays by leading experts, scholars and photographers, including Geoffrey Batchen, Elizabeth Edwards, Stuart Hall, bell hooks, Martha Langford, Lucy R. Lippard, Fred Ritchin, Allan Sekula and Val Williams. The depth and scope of this collection is testament to the cultural significance of photography and photographic study, with each themed section featuring an editor’s introduction that sets the ideas and debates in context.

Along with its companion volume – The Photography Reader: History and Theory – this is the most comprehensive introduction to photography and photographic criticism.

Includes essays by: Jan Avgikos, Ariella Azoulay, David A. Bailey, Roland Barthes, Geoffrey Batchen, David Bate, Gail Baylis, Karin E. Becker, John Berger, Lily Cho, Jane Collins, Douglas Crimp, Thierry de Duve, Karen de Perthuis, George Dimock, Sarah Edge, Elizabeth Edwards, Francis Frascina, André Gunthert, Stuart Hall, Elizabeth Hoak-Doering, Patricia Holland, bell hooks, Yasmin Ibrahim, Liam Kennedy, Annette Kuhn, Martha Langford, Ulrich Lehmann, Lucy R. Lippard, Catherine Lutz, Roberta McGrath, Lev Manovich, Rosy Martin, Mette Mortensen, Fred Ritchin, Daniel Rubinstein, Allan Sekula, Sharon Sliwinski, Katrina Sluis, Jo Spence, Carol Squiers, Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Ariadne van de Ven, Liz Wells, Val Williams, Judith Williamson, Louise Wolthers and Ethan Zuckerman.

Table of Contents

General Introduction

Part One

The Photographic Gaze


1 Roberta McGrath

Re-Reading Edward Weston: Feminism, Photography and Psychoanalysis

2 Jan Avgikos

Cindy Sherman: Burning Down the House

3 Sarah Edge and Gail Baylis

Photographing Children: The Works of Tierney Gearon and Sally Mann

4 Lucy R. Lippard

Doubletake: The Diary of a Relationship with an Image

5 Catherine Lutz and Jane Collins

The Photograph as an Intersection of Gazes: The example of National Geographic

6 Ariadne van de Ven

The Eyes of the Street Look Back: In Kolkata with a Camera Around My Neck

7 Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert

Tourists with Cameras: Reproducing or Producing

8 Louise Wolthers

Surveilling Bodies: Photography as Control, Critique and Concern


Part Two

Reportage – Image as Agent


9 John Berger

Photographs of Agony

10 Fred Ritchin

Of Them, and Us

11 Francis Frascina

Face to Face: Resistance, Melancholy and Representations of Atrocities

12 Liam Kennedy

Framing Compassion

13 Sharon Sliwinski

On Photographic Violence

14 Ariella Azoulay

The Ethic of the Spectator: The Citizenry of Photography

15 Elizabeth Hoak-Doering

A Photo in a Photo: The Optics, Politics and Powers of Hand-held Portraits in Claims for Justice and Solidarity

16 André Gunthert

Digital Imaging Goes to War: The Abu Ghraib Photographs

17 Ethan Zuckerman

Curating Participation

18 Mette Mortensen

When Citizen Photojournalism Sets the News Agenda: Neda Agha Soltan as a Web 2.0 Icon of Post-Election Unrest in Iran


Part Three

Image and Identity


19 David A. Bailey and Stuart Hall

The Vertigo of Displacement

20 Rosy Martin and Jo Spence

Photo-Therapy: Psychic Realism as a Healing Art?

21 George Dimock

"The Negro As He Really Is": W. E. B. Du Bois and Arthur Radclyffe Dugmore

22 bell hooks

In Our Glory: Photography and Black Life

23 Annette Kuhn

Photography and Cultural Memory: a Methodological Exploration 

24 Lily Cho

Citizenship, Diaspora and the Bonds of Affect: The Passport Photograph


Part Four

Snapshot Culture and Social Media


25 Pat Holland

Family Snaps, Introduction: History, Memory, and the Family Album

26 Martha Langford

Strange Bedfellows: Appropriations of the Vernacular by Photographic Artists

27 Geoffrey Batchen

Observing by Watching: Joachim Schmid and the Art of Exchange

28 Lev Manovich

Watching the World

29 Daniel Rubenstein and Katrina Sluis

A Life More Photographic: Mapping the Networked Image


Part Five

Medium and Meditations


30 Roland Barthes

Ornamental Cuisine and The New Citroën

31 Judith Williamson

Tiffany, Porsche Panamera and Microsoft Cloud

32 Yasmin Ibrahim

The Pornography of Food Imaging: The Aesthetics of Capturing Food Online

33 Karin E. Becker

Photojournalism and the Tabloid Press

34 Carol Squiers

Class Struggle: The Invention of Paparazzi Photography and the Death of Diana, Princess of Wales

35 Karen de Perthuis

The Synthetic Ideal: The Fashion Model and Photographic Manipulation

36 Ulrich Lehmann

Chic Clicks: Creativity and Commerce

37 Val Williams

A Heady Relationship: Fashion Photography and the Museum, 1979 to the Present


Part Six

Contexts: Art, Archives, Education


38 Douglas Crimp

The Museum’s Old, the Library’s New Subject

39 Thierry Du Duve

Art in the Face of Radical Evil

40 Allan Sekula

Reading an Archive: Photography Between Labour and Capital

41 Elizabeth Edwards

Photographs: Material Form and the Dynamic Archive

42 Liz Wells

Words and Pictures: On Reviewing Photography

43 David Bate

Art, Education, Photography


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Liz Wells, curator and writer, is Professor in Photographic Culture, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Plymouth, UK. She edited Photography: A Critical Introduction (2015, 5th ed.) and co-edits photographies, Routledge journals. Publications on landscape include Land Matters, Landscape Photography, Culture and Identity (2011). She is series editor for Photography, Place, Environment.