Criticizing Photographs

ISBN-10: 0073526533
ISBN-13: 9780073526539
Edition: 5th 2012
Authors: Terry Barrett
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Description: Revised to include coverage of digital images, this text progresses logically from describing criticism in general to describing photographs, interpretation, judging, to an understanding of photographic theory.

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Book details

List price: $106.67
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 3/24/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Revised to include coverage of digital images, this text progresses logically from describing criticism in general to describing photographs, interpretation, judging, to an understanding of photographic theory.

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
Definition of Criticism
Sources of Criticism
Kinds of Criticism
The Backgrounds of Critics
Stances Toward Criticism
Relations Between Critics and Artists
The Art of 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
Identifying Internal and External Sources of Information
Describing and Interpreting
Describing and Evaluating
The Importance of Description to Readers
Principles for Describing Photographs
Interpreting Photographs: What Does It Mean?
Two Exemplary Interpretations
About Interpretation
Definition of 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
Interpretation of 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
Activism
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
Four Student Views of Immediate Family by Sally Mann
Writing Metacritically
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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