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Contest of Meaning: Critical Histories of Photography

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Photography's great success gives the impression that the major questions that have haunted the medium are now resolved. On the contrary - the most important questions about photography are just beginning to be asked. These fourteen essays, with over 200 illustrations, critically examine prevailing beliefs about the medium and suggest new ways to explain the history of photography. They are organized around the questions: What are the social consequences of aesthetic practice? How does photography construct sexual difference? How is photography used to promote class and national interests? What are the politics of photographic truth?The Contest of Meaning summarizes the challenges to traditional photographic history that have developed in the last decade out of a consciously political critique of photographic production. Contributions by a wide range of important Americans critics reexamine the complex - and often contradictory - roles of photography within society.Douglas Crimp, Christopher Phillips, Benjamin Buchloh, and Abigail Solomon Godeau examine the gradually developed exclusivity of art photography and describe the politics of canon formation throughout modernism. Catherine Lord, Deborah Bright, Sally Stein, and Jan Zita Grover examine the ways in which the female is configured as a subject, and explain how sexual difference is constructed across various registers of photographic representation.Carol Squiers, Esther Parada, and Richard Bolton clarify the ways in which photography serves as a form of mass communication, demonstrating in particular how photographic production is affected by the interests of the powerful patrons of communications. The three concluding essays, by Rosalind Krauss, Martha Rosler, and Allan Sekula, critically examine the concept of photographic truth by exploring the intentions informing various uses of "objective" images within society.Richard Bolton is an artist and writer who has exhibited and published widely. He has taught in the Visible Language Workshop at MIT's Media Laboratory and at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester.

Synopsis:

These fourteen essays, with over 200 illustrations, critically examine and challenge the prevailing formalist values of late modernism that have been applied to the medium and suggest new ways to explain the history of photography.

Synopsis:

A collection of 14 essays critically examining and challenging the prevailing formalist values of late modernism that have been applied to the medium. The social consequences of aesthetic practice and the ways in which photography constructs sexual difference are among the topics considered.

Synopsis:

Photography's great success gives us the impression that the major questions that have haunted the medium are now resolved. On the contrary - the most important questions are just beginning to be asked. These fourteen essays, with over 200 illustrations, critically examine and challenge the prevailing formalist values of late modernism that have been applied to the medium and suggest new ways to explain the history of photography.

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Photography's great success gives us the impression that the major questions that have haunted the medium are now resolved. On the contrary - the most important questions are just beginning to be asked. These fourteen essays, with over 200 illustrations, critically examine and challenge the prevailing formalist values of late modernism that have been applied to the medium and suggest new ways to explain the history of photography.

The essays examine the social consequences of aesthetic practice and look at how photography constructs sexual difference, how it is used to promote class and national interests, and at the politics of photographic truth.

Richard Bolton is Associate Professor and Chairperson in the Art Studio Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

About the Author

Steven J. Luck is is Professor of Psychology and a core member of the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262521697
Editor:
Bolton, Richard
Publisher:
MIT Press (MA)
Editor:
Bolton, Richard
Author:
Bolton, Richard
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
History
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Meaning (philosophy)
Subject:
General Photography
Subject:
Photography-Theory and Criticism
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Contest of Meaning
Publication Date:
19920231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
10.75 x 8.25 x 0.95 in

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"Synopsis" by , These fourteen essays, with over 200 illustrations, critically examine and challenge the prevailing formalist values of late modernism that have been applied to the medium and suggest new ways to explain the history of photography.
"Synopsis" by , A collection of 14 essays critically examining and challenging the prevailing formalist values of late modernism that have been applied to the medium. The social consequences of aesthetic practice and the ways in which photography constructs sexual difference are among the topics considered.
"Synopsis" by , Photography's great success gives us the impression that the major questions that have haunted the medium are now resolved. On the contrary - the most important questions are just beginning to be asked. These fourteen essays, with over 200 illustrations, critically examine and challenge the prevailing formalist values of late modernism that have been applied to the medium and suggest new ways to explain the history of photography.
"Synopsis" by , Photography's great success gives us the impression that the major questions that have haunted the medium are now resolved. On the contrary - the most important questions are just beginning to be asked. These fourteen essays, with over 200 illustrations, critically examine and challenge the prevailing formalist values of late modernism that have been applied to the medium and suggest new ways to explain the history of photography.

The essays examine the social consequences of aesthetic practice and look at how photography constructs sexual difference, how it is used to promote class and national interests, and at the politics of photographic truth.

Richard Bolton is Associate Professor and Chairperson in the Art Studio Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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