Photography Theory (The Art Seminar)

Photography Theory (The Art Seminar)

By: James Elkins (editor)Paperback

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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?

About Author

James Elkins is E.C. Chadbourne Chair in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the Art Institute of Chicago, and Head of History of Art at the University College Cork, Ireland. He is author of Pictures and Tears, How to Use Your Eyes, and What Painting Is, and, most recently, The Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art and Master Narratives and Their Discontents, all published by Routledge.


Series Preface James Elkins SECTION 1 INTRODUCTORY ESSAY "Theories of Photography: A Short History" Sabine T. Kriebel SECTION 2 STARTING POINTS "Conceptual Limitations of Our Reflection on Photography: The Question of 'Interdisciplinarity' Jan Baetens "After Medium-Specificity chez Fried: Jeff Wall as a Painter; Gerhard Richter as a Photographer" Diarmuid Costello "Following Pieces: On Performative Photography" Margaret Iversen "Time Exposure and Snapshot: The Photograph as Paradox" Thierry De Duve "Introductory Note" Rosalind Krauss SECTION 3 THE ART SEMINAR Participants: Diarmuid Costello, Margaret Iversen, Joel Snyder, Margaret Olin, Graham Smith, Jonathan Friday, Jan Baetens, Sabine Kriebel, and James Elkins SECTION 4 ASSESSMENTS Michael Leja Nancy Shawcross Anne Collins Goodyear Peggy Ann Kusnerz Martin Lefebvre David Green Sharon Sliwinski David Bate Abigail Solomon-Godeau Michel Frizot Geoffrey Batchen Johan Swinnen Hilde Van Gelder David Campany Joanna Lowry Carol Squiers Patrick Maynard Vivan Sundaram Rosalind Krauss Liz Wells Beth E. Wilson Martin Lister Alan Trachtenberg Shepherd Steiner Victor Burgin Joel Snyder SECTION 5 AFTERWORDS "The Trouble with Photography" Anne McCauley "Photographs and Fossils" Walter Benn Michaels Notes on Contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780415977838
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 484
  • ID: 9780415977838
  • weight: 680
  • ISBN10: 0415977835

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