"This book is probably the best existing introduction to the field of Visual Culture. Though at times Elkins gets caught up in more internal scholarly debates, overall this volume provides an intelligible account for readers who are just beginning their study of visual culture."
"This is not my favorite introduction to visual culture, since it relies on a "usual suspects" approach tethered to a positivist conception of history. But some students may appreciate the story it tells precisely because its timeworn approach makes it a bit easier to follow than Smith or Elkins."
"Many professors assign this book in their classes, so I include it here. My chief concern with it is the starting point, which assumes students already have wide exposure to poststructural theory. If you don't have that background, there are still rigorous ways of understanding the project of Visual Culture."