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Photography: A Critical Introduction Paperback – March 17, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0415190589 ISBN-10: 0415190584 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (March 17, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415190584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415190589
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,970,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A brilliantly designed book. It provides a much-needed conceptual perspective, so lacking in other histories of photography, and with the new material on photojournalism is even stronger." - Ulrich Keller, University of California at Santa Barbara --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Liz Wells is a Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies in film, video and photography at the School of Media, the London Institute, London College of Printing and Distributive Trades

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By jennifer monahan on August 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
Photography: A Critical Introduction has a lot of information. If you really want to learn about photographs go for it. But beware, this book is not for the casual amateur. It's a tough read - very much like a text book. For the novice you may want to consider "Criticizing Photographs: An Introdution to Understanding Images" first.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By pdgXYZ on March 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
"Photography: A Critical Introduction" offers decent insight into some ideas and theories surrounding the new instrument of art, the camera. It should be noted that very few photos or examples are used in the book, and this absence definitely accounts for the book's partly dry flavor. "Photography" is probably less appropriate for hobbyists and more so for academics, but none the less remains a worthwhile read for those ready to sit down and study.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Claire D. on August 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book should be required for all photo students and art history and criticism students. I found the writing incredibly reader-friendly, though it helps to have an art or photo background already - this book does read like a textbook (because it is one!) but this is to its credit as it is incredibly organized, clear, and informative as an overview of photo criticism. One of the best features is that it includes detailed bibliographies at the end of each chapter, faithfully cites sources, and has side notes in the margins citing sources for further reading and adding more information, explanations, or qualifiers to the general discussion (the margins are great for writing your own notes, too). It does NOT have extensive illustrations - so do not buy this book for the images. However, the author explains in the introduction that she did not include so many except to clearly illustrate the text where needed in order to keep the cost of the book affordable. I feel that she made good choices in imagery and that there are plenty to support the text. I am starting a graduate program in visual and critical studies and work in photography, and I am sure I will use this critical introduction as a reference again and again, especially to find sources for research. I plan on buying the Photography Reader by Liz Wells as soon as I am able to.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By pdgXYZ on March 10, 2002
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"Photography: A Critical Introduction" offers decent insight into some ideas and theories surrounding the new instrument of art, the camera. It should be noted that very few photos or examples are used in the book, and this absence definitely accounts for the book's partly dry flavor. "Photography" is probably less appropriate for hobbyists and more so for academics, but none the less remains a worthwhile read for those ready to sit down and study.
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Hall on October 10, 2004
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The other reviewers have hit the high points. This book is dry, lacks illustration, is academic and difficult to read. The writing style is highly academic with major points all but hidden in convoluted sentences. To complicate matters the chapters are written by different authors so the writing styles vary. There is much to be learned from this book but as the other reviewers have pointed out, it will be a painful process.
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