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 and Abigail Solomon-Godeau in animated
debate on the nature of photography.
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. Some
view it as a sign of bourgeois life, a kind of addiction of
the middle class, whilst others see it as a troublesome interloper
that has confused people's ideas of reality and fine art to the
point that they have difficulty even defining what a photograph is.
For some, the whole question of finding photography's nature is
itself misguided from the beginning.
This provocative second volume in the Routledge The Art
Seminar series presents not one but many answers to the
question what makes a photograph a photograph?