The Photograph: A Visual and Cultural History by Graham ClarkeThe Photograph: A Visual and Cultural History by Graham Clarke

The Photograph: A Visual and Cultural History

byGraham Clarke

Paperback | April 1, 1997

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From the first misty `heliograph' taken by Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1826 to the classic compositions of Cartier-Bresson and Alfred Steiglitz, to the striking postmodern strategies of Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman and Victor Burgin, the history of photography is a record of dazzling andpenetrating images. But photographs are also the most pervasive images of our time, infinite in their capacity to record and make moments significant, granting status to everything they touch. So how do we read a photograph? In a series of brilliant discussions of major themes and genres, Graham Clarke gives a clear and incisive account of the photograph's historical development, and elucidates the insights of the most interesting thinkers on the subject such as Roland Barthes and SusanSontag. At the heart of the book is his ground-breaking examination of the main subject areas - landscape, the city, portraiture, the body, and reportage - and his detailed analysis of exemplary images in terms of their cultural and ideological contexts.
Graham Clarke is Reader in Literary and Image Studies, University of Kent, Canterbury. His publications include The American City: Literary and Cultural Perspectives (St Martin's Press, 1988), and The Portrait in Photography (Reaktion Books, 1992). He is on the advisory board of the journal History of Photography and the editorial boar...
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Title:The Photograph: A Visual and Cultural HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:246 pages, 9.37 × 6.57 × 0.59 inPublished:April 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192842005

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In a series of brilliant discussions of major themes and genres, Graham Clarke gives a clear and incisive account of the photograph's historical development, and elucidates the insights of the most interesting critics on the subject such as Roland Barthes and Susan Sontag. At the heart of the book is his innovative examination of the main subject areas - landscape, the city, portraiture, the body, and documentary reportage - and his detailed analysis of exemplary images in terms of their cultural and ideological contexts

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`a superb piece of publishing'Rupert Christiansen, Spectator