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What is a photograph? That simple question is far from settled, as this innovative book demonstrates. "Photography Theory" presents forty of the world's most active art historians and theorists-including Victor Burgin, Joel Snyder, Rosalind Krauss, Alan Trachtenberg, Geoffrey Batchen, Carol Squiers, Margaret Iversen, Abigail Solomon-Godeau-in animated debate on the nature of photography. <BR> Photography has been around for nearly two centuries, but we are no closer to understanding what it is. For some people, a photograph is an optically accurate impression of the world. For others, it is mainly a way of remembering people and places. For still others, it is a sign of bourgeois life, a kind of addiction of the middle class. And for yet others, it is a troublesome interloper, which has confused people's ideas of reality and fine art to the point that they have difficulty even defining what a photograph is. And for some, the whole question of finding photography's nature is itself misguided from the beginning.<BR> This provocative second volume in the new Routledge series "The Art Seminar" presents not one but many answers to the question what makes a photograph a photograph?

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Elkins (art history, theory, and criticism, Art Institute of Chicago) presents a uniquely organized reader on photography theory, the writings within which, though varied, all attempt to "conceptualize" the photograph. After a short history of photography theories, scholars including Diarmuid Costello and Rosalind Krauss offer essays on major questions in the field. This is followed by the edited transcript of a conversation between the editors and eight contributors. The final section comprises responses from other scholars to the preceding material in the form of "assessments," offering to students ideas for understanding, writing about, and analyzing photography and its theory. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780415977838
Author:
Elkins, James (edt)
Publisher:
Routledge
Editor:
Elkins, James
Author:
Elkins, James
Subject:
Photography
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
History
Subject:
Photography -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Photography-Anthologies and History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Art Seminar
Publication Date:
20061231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
470
Dimensions:
8.22x6.32x.87 in. 1.15 lbs.

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