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The Photography Reader

History and Theory, 2nd Edition

Edited by Liz Wells

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Following on from its hugely successful first edition, The Photography Reader: History and Theory provides deeper insight into the critical discussions around photography – its production, its uses and its effects. Presenting both the historical ideas and the continuing theoretical debates within photography and photographic study, this second edition contains essays by photographers including Edward Weston and László Moholy-Nagy, and key thinkers such as Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes and Susan Sontag.

Along with its companion text – The Photography Cultures Reader: Representation, Agency and Identity – this is the most comprehensive introduction to photography and photographic criticism.

This new edition features:

• Over 50 additional photographs

• New essays from photographers and academics

• Revised introductions, setting ideas and debates in their historical and theoretical context

• Sections on Art photography, Documentary and Photomedia.

Includes essays by: Jan Baetens, Roland Barthes, Geoffrey Batchen, David Bate, André Bazin, Walter Benjamin, Lynn Berger, Matthew Biro, Osip Brik, Victor Burgin, Hubert Damisch, Edmundo Desnoes, Umberto Eco, Elizabeth Edwards, Steve Edwards, Andy Grundberg, Lisa Henderson, Estelle Jussim, Sarah Kember, Siegfried Kracauer, Rosalind Krauss, Martin Lister, Lev Manovich, Christian Metz, W. J. T. Mitchell, Tina Modotti, László Moholy-Nagy, Wright Morris, Darren Newbury, Daniel Palmer, Marjorie Perloff, Fred Ritchin, Martha Rosler, Steven Skopik, Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Susan Sontag, Lucy Soutter, John Szarkowski, John Tagg, Hilde Van Gelder, Ian Walker, Liz Wells, Edward Weston, Peter Wollen.

Reviews

‘A valuable and accessible resource … an outstanding aid for photography students and enthusiasts … highly recommended.’ - Media International Australia inc Culture & Policy

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Notes on contributors

Acknowledgements

General Introduction

PART ONE

Reflections on Photography

Introduction

1 Roland Barthes

Extracts from Camera Lucida

2 Marjorie Perloff

What Has Occurred Only Once: Barthes's Winter Garden/Boltanski’s Archives of the Dead

3 Walter Benjamin

Extracts from The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

4 W. J. T. Mitchell

Benjamin and the Political Economy of the Photograph

5 Siegfried Kracauer

Photography

6 André Bazin

The Ontology of the Photographic Image

7 Susan Sontag

Photography within the Humanities

8 Wright Morris

In Our Image

PART TWO

Photographic Seeing

Introduction

9 Hubert Damisch

Five Notes for a Phenomenology of the Photographic Image

10 Osip Brik

What the Eye does not See

11 László Moholy-Nagy

A New Instrument of Vision

12 Tina Modotti

Manifesto by Tina Modotti "Sobre la Fotografía" (On Photography)

13 John Szarkowski

Introduction to The Photographer's Eye

14 Edward Weston

Seeing Photographically

PART THREE

Meaning and Interpretation

Introduction

15 Roland Barthes

Rhetoric of the Image

16 Umberto Eco

A Photograph

17 Victor Burgin

Looking at Photographs

18 Ian Walker

Through the Picture Plane: On Looking into Photographs

19 Estelle Jussim

The Eternal Moment: Photography and Time

20 Elizabeth Edwards

Objects of Affect: Photography Beyond the Image

21 Christian Metz

Photography and Fetish

22 Peter Wollen

Fire and Ice

PART FOUR

Art Photography

Introduction

23 Abigail Solomon-Godeau

Photography After Art Photography

24 Rosalind Krauss

Photography’s Discursive Spaces: Landscape/View

25 Andy Grundberg,

The Crisis of the Real: Photography and Postmodernism

26 Steve Edwards

Snapshooters of History: passages on the postmodern argument

27 Lucy Soutter

Why Art Photography?

28 Victor Burgin

Conversation with Hilde Van Gelder

PART FIVE

Documentary

Introduction

29 John Tagg

Evidence, Truth and Order: Photographic Records and the Growth of the State

30 Darren Newbury

Photography and the Visualisation of Working Class Lives in Britain

31 Martha Rosler

In, Around, and Afterthoughts (On Documentary Photography)

32 Lisa Henderson

Access and Consent in Public Photography

33 Sarah Kember

‘The shadow of the object’: photography and realism

34 Hilde Van Gelder and Jan Baetens

Introduction: A Note on Critical Realism Today

35 Lynn Berger

The Authentic Amateur and the Democracy of Collecting Photographs

36 Edmundo Desnoes

Cuba Made Me So

PART SIX

Photomedia

Introduction

37 David Bate, Sarah Kember, Martin Lister and Liz Wells

Editorial Statement

38 Geoffrey Batchen

Photogenics

39 Daniel Palmer

Redundancy in Photography

40 Lev Manovich

The Paradoxes of Digital Photography

41 Fred Ritchin

Extracts from Of Pixels and Paradox

42 Martin Lister

Introduction from The Photographic Image in Digital Culture

43 Matthew Biro

From Analogue to Digital Photography: Bernd and Hilla Becher and Andreas Gursky

44 Steven Skopik

Digital Photography: Truth, Meaning, Aesthetics

Index

About the Editor

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. Publications on landscape include Land Matters: Landscape Photography, Culture and Identity (2011). She is series editor for Photography, Place, Environment.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHO000000
PHOTOGRAPHY / General
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies