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The Photography Reader

The Photography Reader: History And Theory


Following on from its hugely successful first edition, The Photography Reader: History and Theory provides deeper insight into the critical discussions around photography its production, its uses and its effects. Presenting both the historical ideas and the continuing theoretical debates within photography and photographic study, this second edition contains essays by photographers including Edward Weston and L'szl Moholy-Nagy, and key thinkers such as Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes and Susan Sontag. Along with its companion text The Photography Cultures Reader: Representation, Agency and Identity this is the most comprehensive introduction to photography and photographic criticism. This new edition features: Over 50 additional photographsNew essays from photographers and academicsRevised introductions, setting ideas and debates in their historical and theoretical contextSections on Art Photography, Documentary and PhotomediaIncludes essays by: Roland Barthes, Marjorie Perloff , Walter Benjamin, W. J. T. Mitchell, Siegfried Kracauer, Andr Bazin, Susan Sontag, Wright Morris, Hubert Damisch, Osip Brik, L'szl Moholy-Nagy, Tina Modotti, John Szarkowski, Edward Weston, Umberto Eco, Victor Burgin, Ian Walker, Estelle Jussim, Elizabeth Edwards, Christian Metz, Peter Wollen, Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Rosalind Krauss, Andy Grundberg, Steve Edwards, Lucy Soutter, Victor Burgin, John Tagg, Darren Newbury, Martha Rosler, Lisa Henderson, Sarah Kember, Hilde Van Gelder, Jan Baetens, Lynn Berger, Edmundo Desnoes, David Bate, Martin Lister, Liz Wells, Geoffrey Batchen, Daniel Palmer, Lev Manovich, Martin Lister, Matthew Biro, Steven Skopik



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  • Format: Hardcover
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN-13: 9780415749176
  • ISBN: 0415749174
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Edition: 2
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