Criticizing Photographs An Introduction to Understanding Images

ISBN-10: 0072977434
ISBN-13: 9780072977431
Edition: 4th 2006 (Revised)
Authors: Terry Barrett
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Description: This brief text is designed to help both beginning and advanced students of photography better develop and articulate thoughtful criticism. Organized around the major activities of criticism (describing, interpreting, evaluating, and theorizing),  More...

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Book details

List price: $51.88
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 7/21/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

This brief text is designed to help both beginning and advanced students of photography better develop and articulate thoughtful criticism. Organized around the major activities of criticism (describing, interpreting, evaluating, and theorizing), "Criticizing Photographs provides a clear framework and vocabulary for students' critical skill development. The fourth edition includes new black and white and color images, updated commentary, a completely revised chapter on theory that offers a broad discussion of digital images, and an expanded chapter eight on studio critiques and writing about photographs, plus examples of student writing and critique.

Terry Barrett is Professor of Art Education, with a joint appointment in the Department of Art, at The Ohio State University, where he is the recipient of a distinguished teaching award for courses in criticism and aesthetics within education. He has authored four books: Interpreting Art: Reflecting, Wondering and Responding; Criticizing Art: Understanding the Contemporary (2nd ed.); Criticizing Photographs: An Introduction to Understanding Images (4th ed.); and Talking about Student Art. He edited the anthology Lessons for Teaching Art Criticism, published articles in Aesthetic Education, Afterimage, Art Education, Exposure, Camera-Lucida, Dialogue, Cultural Research in Art Education, New Advocate, New Art Examiner, Studies in Art Education, Teaching Artist Journal, Theory into Practice, Visual Arts Research, and many chapters in edited books. He is an art critic in education for the Ohio Arts Council, consults museum education departments, juries exhibitions, and conducts workshops on studio critiques and writing.

Preface
About Art Criticism
Defining Criticism
Sources of Criticism
Kinds of Criticism
The Backgrounds of Critics
Stances Toward Criticism
Relations Between Critics and Artists
Criticizing Criticism
The Value of Criticism
Describing Photographs: What Do I See?
Defining Description
Describing an Exhibition: Avedon's "In the American West"
Describing Subject Matter
Describing Form
Describing Medium
Describing Style
Comparing and Contrasting
Internal and External Sources of Information
Description and Interpretation
Description and Evaluation
The Importance of Description to Readers
Principles for Describing Photographs
Interpreting Photographs: What Does It Mean?
An Exemplary Interpretation
About Interpretation
Defining Interpretation
The Objects of Interpretations
Interpretive Claims and Arguments
Interpretive Perspectives
Three Interpretations of Eleanor
Other Interpretive Strategies
Combinations of Interpretive Approaches
"Right" Interpretations
Interpretations and the Artist's Intent
Interpretations and Feelings
Interpretation, Meaning, and Personal Significance
The Community of Interpreters
Types of Photographs
Categories of Photographs
New Categories
Descriptive Photographs
Explanatory Photographs
Interpretive Photographs
Ethically Evaluative Photographs
Aesthetically Evaluative Photographs
Theoretical Photographs
Photographs and Contexts
Internal Context
Original Context
External Context
External Contexts and Connotations
Interpreting Barbara Kruger's Untitled ("Surveillance"), with Contextual Information
"Surveillance" and Internal Context
"Surveillance" and Original Context
"Surveillance" and External Context
Barbara Kruger's Untitled ("Surveillance"), and the Categories
Descriptive Photographs
Explanatory Photographs
Interpretive Photographs
Ethically Evaluative Photographs
Aesthetically Evaluative Photographs
Theoretical Photographs
The Interpretive Process: A Summary
Judging Photographs: Is It Good?
Examples of Judgmental Statements
Positive Judgments
Negative Judgments
Implied Judgments
Opposing Judgments
Comparative Judgments
Judgments and Reasons
Judgments and Criteria
Different Criteria
Realism
Expressionism
Formalism
Instrumentalism
Other Criteria
Choosing Among Criteria
Differing Judgments
Judgments Are Arguments
Reappraisals
Judgments and Preferences
Intentionalism and Judgments
The Objects of Judgments
Judgments of Robert Mapplethorpe's Photographs
Hilton Kramer's and Grace Glueck's Views of Mapplethorpe's Work
Other Critics' Views of Mapplethorpe's Work
Conclusion
Principles for Judging Photographs
Photography Theory: Is It Art? Is It True? Is It Moral?
Photography Theory and Practice
Ontological Concerns: What Is a Photograph?
Digital Images and Ontology
Epistemological Concerns: Are Photographs True?
Realist Theory
Conventionalist Theory
Photographic Truth
Aesthetic Concerns: Is Photography Art?
Modernism and Postmodernism
Digital Images and Aesthetic Concerns
Ethical Concerns: Are Photographs Moral?
Marxist Theory and Ethical Photography
Feminist Theory and Ethical Photography
Multicultural Theory and Ethical Photography
Queer Theory and Ethical Photography
Postcolonial Theory and Ethical Photography
Conclusion
Writing and Talking About Photographs
Writing About Photographs
Observing and Taking Notes
Quick-Writes and Careful-Writes
Students' Interpretive Writings
Building Visual Interpretations
Making Personal Meaning
Judging Photographs
Writing Criteria Statements
Three Student Views of Immediate Family by Sally Mann
Metacritical Writing
Writing Artists' Statements
Processes of Writing
Talking About Photographs
Studio Critiques
Kinds of Critiques
Conducting Successful Critiques
Principles for Effective Critiques
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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