A World History of Photography (Fourth Edition)

A World History of Photography (Fourth Edition)

By: Naomi Rosenblum (author)Paperback

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From the camera lucida to the latest in digital image making and computer manipulation, photographic technology has dramatically changed throughout its nearly 200-year history, as succinctly explained and powerfully illustrated in A World History of Photography. Thanks to the unique immediacy with which photography captures perspective and history, the popularity and use of the camera spread rapidly around the globe. Today, photography is ubiquitous: from newspapers and fashion magazines to billboards and the film industry, cultures worldwide have embraced this malleable artistic medium for a limitless variety of purposes. Naomi Rosenblum's classic text investigates all aspects of photography -- aesthetic, documentary, commercial, and technical -- while placing photos in their historical context. Included among the more than 800 photographs by men and women are both little-known and celebrated masterpieces, arranged in stimulating juxtapositions that illuminate their visual power. Authoritative and unbiased, Rosenblum's chronicle of photography both chronologically and thematically traces the evolution of this still-young art form. Exploring the diverse roles that photography has played in the communication of ideas, Rosenblum devotes special attention to topics such as portraiture, documentation, advertising, and photojournalism, and to the camera as a means of personal artistic expression. The revised fourth edition includes updates on technical advances as well as a new chapter on contemporary photographers. Armed with the expressive vigor of its images, this thorough and accessible volume will appeal to all.

About Author

Naomi Rosenblum, an independent curator and scholar who has written many articles and lectured extensively on a range of subjects in photography, first published A World History of Photography in 1984. The book has since been translated into French, Japanese, Polish, and Chinese, and it has been updated and expanded through many editions. Rosenblum is also the author of A History of Women Photographers.


Preface 9 1. THE EARLY YEARS: TECHNOLOGY, VISION, USERS 1839--1875 14 2. A PLENITUDE OF PORTRAITS 1839--1890 38 The Galerie Contemporaine--Appearance and Character in 19th-Century Portraiture 84 3. DOCUMENTATION: LANDSCAPE AND ARCHITECTURE 1839--1890 The Western Landscape--Natural and Fabricated 144 4. DOCUMENTATION: OBJECTS AND EVENTS 1839--1890 154 A Short Technical History: Part 1 192 A 19th-Century Forerunner of Photojournalism--The Execution of the Lincoln Conspirators 200 5. PHOTOGRAPHY AND ART: THE FIRST PHASE 1839--1890 208 6. NEW TECHNOLOGY, NEW VISION, NEW USERS 1875--1925 244 The Origins of Color in Camera Images 280 7. ART PHOTOGRAPHY: ANOTHER ASPECT 1890--:1920 296 8. DOCUMENTATION: THE SOCIAL SCENE to 1945 Illuminating Injustice: The Camera and Social Issues 384 9. ART, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND MODERNISM 1920--1945 392 A Short Technical History: Part II 442 The Machine: Icons of the Industrial Ethos 454 10. WORDS AND PICTURES: PHOTOGRAPHS IN PRINT MEDIA 1920--1980 462 11. PHOTOGRAPHY SINCE 1950: THE STRAIGHT IMAGE 516 12. PHOTOGRAPHY SINCE 1950: MANIPULATIONS AND COLOR 570 A Short Technical History: Part III 630 Afterword 639 Notes 642 A Photography Time Line 655 Glossary 661 Bibliography 666 Index 684

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  • ISBN13: 9780789209375
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 712
  • ID: 9780789209375
  • weight: 2523
  • ISBN10: 0789209373
  • edition: Fourth Edition

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