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The Pivot of the World: Photography and Its Nation Paperback – February 17, 2006


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"Blake Stimson never masks his commitment to a political understanding of photographic representation, but in focusing on its reception, he brings a phenomenological sensitivity as well as psychoanalytic theory to bear on the articulation of its aesthetic power."--Keith Moxey, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Art History, Columbia UniversityPlease note: Arrived too late to appear on book jacket.



" Pivot of the World provides a powerful, magisterial reinterpretation of photography"s place in the postwar 1950s. With elegance and economy, and marshaling a wide and sophisticated range of theories, Blake Stimson recovers a fleeting, fragile, and, until now, forgotten moment when photographs had the capacity to imagine for their viewers a different way of belonging in a world on the verge of nuclear holocaust. His is an ambitious, eye-opening, and relevant book." Anthony W. Lee , Mount Holyoke College, author of Painting on the Left and Diane Arbus: Family Albums



"*Pivot of the World* provides a powerful, magisterial reinterpretation of photography's place in the postwar 1950s. With elegance and economy, and marshalling a wide and sophisticated range of theories, Blake Stimson recovers a fleeting, fragile, and, until now, forgotten moment when photographs had the capacity to imagine for their viewers a different way of belonging in a world on the verge of nuclear holocaust. His is an ambitious, eye-opening, and relevant book."--Anthony W. Lee, Mount Holyoke College, author of *Painting on the Left* and *Diane Arbus: Family Albums*

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Blake Stimson is Professor of Art History at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of The Pivot of the World: Photography and Its Nation (2004), and coeditor (with Alexander Alberro) of Conceptual Art: A Critical Anthology (2000), both published by the MIT Press.

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