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Photography: A Cultural History (3rd Edition) 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0205708000
ISBN-10: 0205708005
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‘Here is the history we’ve been waiting for … erudite and entertaining … she shows how pictures really did change the world. Her shrewd selection of over 600 fascinating photos (many in color) illustrate a history that meets the ultimate test: open to any page and you’re hooked … and it’s free from tormenting academic jargon.’ Camera Arts

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The third edition of this groundbreaking survey of international photography has not only been expanded and brought up to date but restructured to offer readers even greater clarity and ease of use. It now comprises 14 shorter chapters each with an introduction and brief summary. Chapters are grouped into six Parts which begin with an introduction to the time period.

            Photography is examined through the lenses of art, science, social sciences, travel, war, fashion, the mass media, and individual practitioners. These broad topics complement a fully developed cultural context whose emphasis is more key ideas than individuals. The author has further enriched the third edition with the findings of the most recent research and exhibitions. These include fresh insights into Victorian photography’s relationship to painting and to the expansion of the British Empire, as well as photography’s involvement in German and Russian experimental art movements between the World Wars. The author also draws on publications that show the extent to which vernacular photography existed alongside art and commercial practice. ‘Focus’ boxes highlight interesting cultural or controversial issues, for example ‘Film and Photography’, ‘Photomontage or Photocollage’, and ‘Making an Icon of Revolution’. In the revised final chapter, the author pays close attention to the impact of digital photography on photographic history and contemporary practice, particularly the ease and frequency with which people worldwide use digital cameras and camera phones.

            In addition to representing the canon of Europe and the United States, the book presents work from Latin America, Africa, India, Russia, China, and Japan. ‘Portrait’ boxes feature certain photographers in greater detail and new to this edition are works by contemporary artists including Vik Muniz, Suzanne Opton, Tyler Hicks, Walid Raad, Anthony Goicolea, and Jean-Luc Mylayne.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 3 edition (January 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205708005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205708000
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.1 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was required for a 400-level history of photography class. The pictures in it are gorgeous, and the history was pretty thorough in that it seemed to cover all the major photographers of a given era (then my professor would go into greater detail about them individually). This book covers a TON of photographers, eras, movements, and so on. It does get a little dry, but it's easy to read. It's a huge and heavy book, so try not to have to cart it around everywhere you go.
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The last word in the sociology of photography: a truly encyclopaedic tome. Warner proceeds from the invention of photography across genres ( war, documentary, social sciences, mass media, post-modernism, youth and beauty and so on) Her categories are broad-ranging, free and eclectic: even a cursory reading of the contents page is instructive! The format proceeds more or less chronologically through the photographers who have made their mark in photographic and art history, contextualising them within the time and the place ( this is neither a Euro nor Americo-centric work) including illustrations of their work with extended captions, a contextualisation of the genre in the history and then a brief summarising "retake" at the end of every chapter, a "focus" page on a topic or a person, all the way to the stirrings of digital technology. It's referenced, with a good bibliography: I cannot imagine a better single volume introduction to photographic criticism and appreciation. In style, it's dense, compacting a lot into a small space, but nonetheless very readable: to dip or to burrow into with equal pleasure. A desert island book.
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Worth every penny! I actually have to read each chapter for class, and if it weren't for that I wouldn't have read every word; but I'm glad I did! Fantastic book, beautifully put together, lots of information, incredible photography and simply the best text book I have every read in my entire school life! Beautiful as week to have on the coffee table for guests to read, if you don't plan on cramming through.
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Great book !! Very informative with tons of of visuals!! Would recommend this book to any photography major!! Gotta get this book!!
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Amazing amount of photography history from beginning to contemporary times. This was a class assigned text that I enjoyed alot, so much that Ill return to it to continue exploring the dense content and to reinforce what I have already learned. It basically offers the roots of photography so we can all know whats been done and become inspired to build on this either by doing it all better or discovering something new to go down in history.
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I absolutely loved this book. I used this in an online class, so I had to read every page and study many of the photographs. This was a complete blessing though. The images in it are completely beautiful and the amount of information in this text was completely astonishing. I had to buy this for class and am definitely just keeping it because it is definitely worth the money.
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I'm using this book for an online class, where all our work/learning is based on the text. It's an interesting subject, with fascinating information and lots of neat photos, but the text is sooo dry. You have to be very awake to read it, and highlight the interesting bits in your mind as you go, or you'll miss the actual point of what the author is trying to say.
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This book does have wonderful photos and very detailed information but it is very dry reading... be prepared to be bored out of your socks. My professor does a great job of augmenting the text in his lectures and providing us prospective but overall I could have lived without the book.
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