The fourth edition of this comprehensive history of photography has been thoroughly revised and updated. Spanning the entire history of the medium, from its early development to current practice, and providing a focused understanding of the cultural contexts in which photographers have lived and worked throughout, this remains an all-encompassing survey.
Mary Warner Marien discusses photography from a truly global viewpoint and looks at a wide-ranging collection of images through the lenses of art, science, travel, war, fashion, the mass media and individual photographers. In addition to representing the established canon of Europe and the United States, key work from Latin America, Africa, India, Russia, China and Japan is also included. Professional, amateur and art photographers are all discussed, with `Portrait' boxes devoted to highlighting important individuals and `Focus' boxes charting particular cultural debates. New additions to this fourth edition include an overview of photography's involvement in conceptual art, a detailed review of the photographic work of artist Ed Ruscha and new material on European Worker Photography during the 1920s and 30s. Many new pictures have been added throughout the book, including superior versions of historical photographs and recent images from contemporary photographers, including Walead Beshty, Youssef Nabil, Lalla Essaydi and Ryan McGinley. A rich and vivid account of the history of photography placed in an essential cultural context, this indispensable book shows how photography has charted, shaped and sharpened our perception of the world.
`Here is the history we've been waiting for ... erudite and entertaining ... she shows how pictures really did change our world. Her shrewd selection of over 600 fascinating photos (many in colour) illustrate a history that meets the ultimate test: open to any page and you're hooked ... and
it's free from tormenting academic jargon.' Camera Arts
Mary Warner Marien is Professor Emerita in the Department of Fine Arts at Syracuse University, New York. She continues to lecture in the United States and Europe and in 2008 won an Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writer award for her continuing work on the history and theory of documentary photography. She is the author of Photography and its Critics (Cambridge University Press, 1997) and 100 Ideas that Changed Photography (Laurence King, 2012) as well as numerous articles on photography.
Preface x Introduction xiii PART ONE Photography's Double Invention 1 CHAPTER ONE The Origins of Photography (to 1839) 3 CHAPTER TWO The Second Invention of Photography (1839 - 1854) 23 PART TWO The Expanding Domain (1854 - 1880) 74 CHAPTER THREE Popular Photography and the Aims of Art 77 CHAPTER FOUR Imaging of the Social World 97 CHAPTER FIVE Science and Social Science 141 PART THREE Photography and Modernity (1880 - 1918) 160 CHAPTER SIX The Great Divide 163 CHAPTER SEVEN Modern Life 201 PART FOUR A New Vision (1918 - 1945) 230 CHAPTER EIGHT Art and the Age of Mass Media 233 CHAPTER NINE Documentary Expression and Popular Photography 277 PART FIVE Through the Lens of Culture (1945 - 1975) 308 CHAPTER TEN The Human Family 311 CHAPTER ELEVEN The Cold War Era 337 PART SIX Convergences (1975 to the Present) 392 CHAPTER TWELVE Globalism, Technology, and Social Change 395 CHAPTER THIRTEEN The Culture of Critique 437 CHAPTER FOURTEEN Into the Twenty-First Century 493 Epilogue 519 Glossary 520 Picture Credits 524 Timeline 526 Notes 531 Bibliography 541 Index 545