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Description: 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/8/1997
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
|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|
|The Photograph as Fine Art|
|The Photograph Manipulated|
|The Cabinet of Infinite Curiosities|
|List of Illustrations|