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Contest of Meaning Critical Histories of Photography

ISBN-10: 0262521695
ISBN-13: 9780262521697
Edition: 1989 (Reprint)
Authors: Richard Bolton
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Description: Photography's great success gives us the impression that the major questions that have haunted the medium are now resolved. On the contrary - the most important questions are just beginning to be asked. These fourteen essays, with over 200  More...

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Book details

List price: $58.00
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 2/25/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.794
Language: English

Photography's great success gives us the impression that the major questions that have haunted the medium are now resolved. On the contrary - the most important questions are just beginning to be asked. These fourteen essays, with over 200 illustrations, critically examine and challenge the prevailing formalist values of late modernism that have been applied to the medium and suggest new ways to explain the history of photography. The essays examine the social consequences of aesthetic practice and look at how photography constructs sexual difference, how it is used to promote class and national interests, and at the politics of photographic truth. Richard Bolton is Associate Professor and Chairperson in the Art Studio Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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