Photograph

ISBN-10: 0192842005
ISBN-13: 9780192842008
Edition: 1997
Authors: Graham Clarke
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/8/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 246
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

From the first misty `heliograph' taken by Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1826 to the classic compositions of Cartier-Bresson and Alfred Steiglitz, to the striking postmodern strategies of Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman and Victor Burgin, the history of photography is a record of dazzling and penetrating images. But photographs are also the most pervasive images of our time, infinite in their capacity to record and make moments significant, granting status to everything they touch. So how do we read a photograph? In a series of brilliant discussions of major themes and genres, Graham Clarke gives a clear and incisive account of the photograph's historical development, and elucidates the insights of the most interesting thinkers on the subject such as Roland Barthes and Susan Sontag. At the heart of the book is his ground-breaking examination of the main subject areas - landscape, the city, portraiture, the body, and reportage - and his detailed analysis of exemplary images in terms of their cultural and ideological contexts.

Introduction
What is a Photograph?
How Do We Read a Photograph?
Photography and the Nineteenth Century
Landscape in Photography
The City in Photography
The Portrait in Photography
The Body in Photography
Documentary Photography
The Photograph as Fine Art
The Photograph Manipulated
The Cabinet of Infinite Curiosities
Notes
List of Illustrations
Bibliographic Essay
Timeline
Glossary
Index

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