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Basic Critical Theory for Photographers

ISBN-10: 0240516524
ISBN-13: 9780240516523
Edition: 2005
Authors: Ashley la Grange
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Description: If you want to understand the key debates in photography and learn how to apply the fascinating issues raised by critical theory to your own practical work, this is the book for you! This accessible book cuts through often difficult and intimidating  More...

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Book details

List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 7/15/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.958
Language: English

If you want to understand the key debates in photography and learn how to apply the fascinating issues raised by critical theory to your own practical work, this is the book for you! This accessible book cuts through often difficult and intimidating academic language to deliver understandable, stimulating discussion and summaries of the original texts. Key works by great writers such as Sontag and Barthes are explored, along with those from other prominent critics. You are guided through a broad range of issues, including the differences between Eastern and Western art, post-modernism, sexism, the relationship between photography and language and many other crucial debates. The book is illustrated by many classic images by eminent international photographers. Each chapter is followed by stimulating assignments and activities to get you thinking critically and apply theoretical knowledge to your own practical work. A helpful glossary provides quick access to all key terms and a substantial index references key words within the original essays which are not normally indexed. A must-have aid to anyone studying critical theory, this book provides intelligently written, illuminating insights on the 21st century's dominant art form. * Benefit from detailed summaries and stimulating discussion that cuts through the complexity of key critical theory texts * Gives you confidence to tackle photographic theory and relate it to your own work, enhancing your creativity and understanding * Explore fascinating issues including sexism, the effects of advertising, Eastern versus Western art and moral issues raised by photography

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Frontispiece
Foreword
Acknowledgements
John Berger, Ways of Seeing
John Szarkowski, The Photographer's Eye and Stephen Shore, The Nature of Photographs
Susan Sontag, On Photography
Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida
Martha Rosler, In, Around and Afterthoughts (On Documentary Photography)
Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Inside/Out
Clive Scott, The Spoken Image: Photography and Language
Andy Grundberg, The Crisis of the Real
Raghubir Singh, River of Colour
Bertrand Russell, Appearance and Reality
Italo Calvino, The Adventures of a Photographer
Poems by Felix Morisseau-Leroy and George Szirtes
Robert Adams', John Baldessari's and Peter Godwin's Analysis of Particular Photographs
Figures
Bibliography
Appendixes
Glossary
Index

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