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If looking at photographs is a pleasurable activity, it is pleasurable in a complex, transformative, frequently unsettling sense. It is not pleasure unalloyed, for no profound pleasure is pure... Like many truly enriching pleasures... photography has its dark, troubling, even dangerous aspects. -Gerry Badger

The Pleasures of Good Photographs is an intellectual and aesthetic excursion led by Gerry Badger, one of the field's eminent critics and popular writers and the author of more than a dozen books including both volumes of The Photobook: A History. In this new volume of essays, Badger offers insight into some of his favorite images, artists and themes, drawing upon nearly three decades of experience writing and thinking about photography. With deep discernment and a readable blend of scholarly finesse and wit, Badger elucidates works by dozens of photographers, from Dorothea Lange and Eugene Atget to Martin Parr, Luc Delahaye, Susan Lipper and Paul Graham. Among the broader topics discussed are the photobook, where Badger believes photography sings its loudest and most complex song, and Photoshop's role in art-making. An interlude at the heart of the book pairs the author's evocative meditations with nearly a dozen particular images. Alongside some of Badger's classics, The Pleasures of Good Photographs showcases primarily new essays, making it an important addition to the canon of photographic writing.

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In this series of essays Badger, a critic and photographer, takes the reader on an intensely personal, almost autobiographical, journey through the world of photography as art. The pictures he chooses come from the dawn of the camera to the present. He discusses specific photographers such as Avedon, Arbus, Robert Adams, Lange, Hernadez and many others. He is particularly entranced by books of photographs, particularly in themes. Throughout he puzzles over questions that he has yet to completely resolve. Does photography reflect reality, or create it? How do photos fit into the context of the culture of the subject and/or the photographer? What is the difference between an artistic photo and a lucky snapshot? The one thing he is certain about is that there is something sinister about Photoshop changes. Badger's musings make for entertaining and provocative reading. Distributed by Distributed Art Publishers. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Badger, Gerry
Photography-Theory and Criticism
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8.70x6.60x1.00 in. 1.60 lbs.

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