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"The definitive history of photography book, Seizing the Light: A Social and Aesthetic History of Photography delivers the fascinating story of how photography as an art form came into being, and its continued development, maturity, and transformation...Written in an accessible style, it is perfect for students newly engaging with the practice of photography and for experienced photographers wanting to contextualize their own work." - Silvershotz

"The pleasure then is in being able to marvel at how expertly and coherently Hirsch relates this centuries' long tale, with the reader never being overwhelmed with abstruse jargon, or dumped at a station along the journey and expected to fend for oneself amongst the towering giants of photographic history with no idea how you got there. Hirsch walks you confidently through this fascinating story, educating and informing at all times, while also making links to happenings in the wider world outside photography. With a beautiful way of highlighting pivotal moments in the history of the medium, the text remains accessible for the complete novice, while offering enough substance (and well-judged citing of important practitioners) to provide a starting point for further research in specific topics that may interest the student. (...) As such, anyone interested in why the world around us is the way it is, could certainly learn something in this book and thus it's easy to recommend." - Justin Carey, Shutter Hub

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Robert Hirsch is a photographic imagemaker, curator, historian, and writer. Former executive director of CEPA Gallery and now director of Light Research in Buffalo, NY, he has published scores of articles about visual culture and interviewed numerous significant members in the photographic arts. His other books include Exploring Color Photography: From Film to Pixels; Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age; Photographic Possibilities: The Expressive Use of Concepts, Equipment, Materials, and Processes; and Transformational Imagemaking: Handmade Photography from 1960 to Now. A former associate editor for Digital Camera and Photovision, Hirsch has also written for Afterimage, Exposure, History of Photography, The Photo Review, Photo Technique, and World Book Encyclopedia, among others. He has curated over 200 exhibitions and has had many one-person and group shows of his own work. For details visit www.lightresearch.net.


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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Routledge; 3rd edition (April 25, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 594 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1138944254
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1138944251
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 4.81 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 1.3 x 11 inches
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Robert Hirsch is an artist and author of Transformational Imagemaking: Handmade Photography Since 1960, Seizing the Light: A Social History of Photography; Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age; Photographic Possibilities: The Expressive Use of Equipment, Ideas, Materials, and Processes; and Exploring Color Photography: From Film to Pixels. He is the former Associate Editor for Photovision and Digital Camera magazines and a contributing writer for Afterimage, exposure, Fotophile, The History of Photography, Photo Technique, and The Photo Review among others. His visual projects, such as World in a Jar: War & Trauma, The 1960s Cubed, and Ghosts: French Holocaust Children, have been exhibited around the world. A former Executive Director and Chief Curator of CEPA Gallery, Hirsch now operates Light Research. His projects can be viewed at: www.lightresearch.net.

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