Synopses & Reviews
"The Photography Reader" is a comprehensive collection of twentieth-century writings on photography- its production, its uses and effects. Encompassing essays by photographers including Edward Weston and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, and key thinkers from Walter Benjamin to Roland Barthes and Susan Sontag, the reader traces the development of ideas about photography, exploring issues such as identity, consumption, the gaze, and digital technology. Each themed section features an editor's introduction setting ideas and debates in their historical and theoretical context.
This reader is a comprehensive introduction to theories of photography; its production, its uses and effects. Including articles by photographers from Edward Weston to Jo Spence, as well as key thinkers like Roland Barthes and Susan Sontag, essays trace the development of ideas about photography.
Table of Contents
Extracts from Camera Lucida / Roland Barthes -- What has occurred only once : Barthes's Winter garden/Boltanski's archives of the dead / Marjorie Perloff -- Extracts from The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction / Walter Benjamin -- Benjamin and the political economy of the photograph / W.J.T. Mitchell -- Photography within the humanities / Susan Sontag -- In our image / Wright Morris -- Fire and ice / Peter Wollen -- Five notes for a phenomenology of the photographic image / Hubert Damisch -- What the eye does not see / Ossip Brik -- A new instrument of vision / Lâaszlâo Moholy-Nagy -- Introduction to the photographer's eye / John Szarkowski -- Seeing photographically / Edward Weston -- Rhetoric of the image / Roland Barthes -- A photograph / Umberto Eco -- Looking at photographs / Victor Burgin -- Photography and fetish / Christian Metz -- Winning the game when the rules have been changed : art photography and postmodernism / Abigail Solomon-Godeau -- The crisis of the real : photography and postmodernism / Andy Grundberg -- Snapshooters of history : passages on the postmodern argument / Steve Edwards -- 'The shadow of the object' : photography and realism / Sarah Kember -- Extracts from Introduction to the photographic image in digital culture / Martin Lister -- Photogenics / Geoffrey Batchen -- The paradoxes of digital photography / Lev Manovich -- Evidence, truth and order : photographic records and the growth of the state / John Tagg -- In, around and afterthoughts (on documentary photography) / Martha Rosler -- Access and consent in public photography / Lisa Henderson -- Photographs of agony / John Berger -- Photojournalism and the tabloid press / Karin E. Becker -- Cuba made me so / Edmundo Desnoes -- Re-reading Edward Weston : feminism, photography and psychoanalysis -- Cindy Sherman : bruning down the house / Jan Avgikos -- Doubletake : the diary of a relationship with an image / Lucy R. Lippard -- The photograph as an intersection of gazes, the example of national geographic / Catherine Lutz and Jane Collins -- The vertigo of displacement / David A. Bailey and stuart Hall -- In our glory : photography and black life / bell hooks -- Rememberance : the child I never was / Annette Kuhn -- Photo-therapy : psychic realism as a healing art? / Rosy Martin and Jo Spence -- Self image : personal is political / Angela Kelly -- The museum's old, the library's new subject / Douglas Crimp -- Words and pictures : on reviewing photography / Liz Wells -- Art, education, photography / David Bate -- Reading an archive : photography between labour and capital.