The second edition of Why Art Photography? is an updated, expanded introduction to the ideas behind today's striking photographic images. Lively, accessible discussions of key issues such as ambiguity, objectivity, fiction, authenticity, and photography's expanding field are supplemented with new material around timely topics such as globalization, selfie culture, and photographers' use of advanced digital technologies, including CGI and virtual reality.
The new edition includes:
an expanded introduction
extended chapters featuring emerging trends
a larger selection of images, including new color images
an improved and expanded bibliography.
This new edition is essential for students looking to enrich their understanding of photography as a complex and multi-faceted art form.
Lucy Soutter is a photographer, critic and art historian. She is Course Leader of the Photography Arts MA at the University of Westminster, UK. Her writings on contemporary art and photography include essays in The Photographic Object 1970 (2016), Girls! Girls! Girls! In Contemporary Art (2011), and Role Models: Feminine Identity in Contemporary Photography (2008).
List of Figures Introduction: Why Art Photography? 1 Hybrid Genres: Portraiture 2 Objectivity and Seriousness 3 Fictive Documents 4 Authenticity 5 Digital Dialogues: Spectacle and Spectators 6 Beyond Photography Bibliography Index