Understanding a Photograph

How do we see the world around us? This is one of a number of pivotal works by creative thinkers whose writings on art, design and the media have changed our vision for ever. John Berger was born in London in 1926.

Author: John Berger

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0718196015

Category: Photography

Page: 240

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John Berger's writings on photography are some of the most original of the twentieth century. This selection contains many groundbreaking essays and previously uncollected pieces written for exhibitions and catalogues in which Berger probes the work of photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and W. Eugene Smith - and the lives of those photographed - with fierce engagement, intensity and tenderness. The selection is made and introduced by Geoff Dyer, author of the award-winning The Ongoing Moment. How do we see the world around us? This is one of a number of pivotal works by creative thinkers whose writings on art, design and the media have changed our vision for ever. John Berger was born in London in 1926. His acclaimed works of both fiction and non-fiction include the seminal Ways of Seeing and the novel G., which won the Booker Prize in 1972. In 1962 he left Britain permanently, and he now lives in a small village in the French Alps. Geoff Dyer is the author of four novels and several non-fiction books. Winner of the Lannan Literary Award, the International Centre of Photography's 2006 Infinity Award and the American Academy of Arts and Letters's E. M. Forster Award, Dyer is also a regular contributor to many publications in the UK and the US. He lives in London.

Philosophy of Film and Motion Pictures

Scruton also holds that since photographs stand in a causal relation to objects
photographed, understanding a photograph as a photograph involves knowing,
first, that it is a copy of the appearance of some object and, second ...

Author: Noël Carroll

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 140515201X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 432

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Designed for classroom use, this authoritative anthology presentskey selections from the best contemporary work in philosophy offilm. The featured essays have been specially chosen for theirclarity, philosophical depth, and consonance with the current movetowards cognitive film theory Eight sections with introductions cover topics such as thenature of film, film as art, documentary cinema, narration andemotion in film, film criticism, and film's relation to knowledgeand morality Issues addressed include the objectivity of documentary films,fear of movie monsters, and moral questions surrounding the viewingof pornography Replete with examples and discussion of moving picturesthroughout

Arguing About Art

In understanding a photograph as a photograph, we know that we are seeing the
transmitted appearance of something that actually occurred. Thus Scruton arrives
at a contrast between representations and photographs. Understanding a ...

Author: Alex Neill

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113568815X

Category: Art

Page: 504

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Offering a unique 'debate' format, the third edition of the bestselling Arguing About Art is ideal for newcomers to aesthetics or philosophy of art. This lively collection presents an extensive range of short, clear introductions to each of the discussions which include: sentimentality appreciation interpretation understanding objectivity nature food horror. With revised introductions, updated suggestions for further reading and new sections on pornography and societies without art, Arguing About Art provides a stimulating and accessible anthology suitable for those coming to aesthetics for the first time. The book will also appeal to students of art history, literature, and cultural studies.

The Handbook of Photography Studies

present an overview of the contending and most current theories that have
determined how we understand the discourse of photography. Photographic
practice and history often require the ability to think critically about representation

Author: Gil Pasternak

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 100021141X

Category: Photography

Page: 610

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The Handbook of Photography Studies is a state-of-the-art overview of the field of photography studies, examining its thematic interests, dynamic research methodologies and multiple scholarly directions. It is a source of well-informed, analytical and reflective discussions of all the main subjects that photography scholars have been concerned with as well as a rigorous study of the field’s persistent expansion at a time when digital technology regularly boosts our exposure to new and historical photographs alike. Split into five core parts, the Handbook analyzes the field’s histories, theories and research strategies; discusses photography in academic disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts; draws out the main concerns of photographic scholarship; interrogates photography’s cultural and geopolitical influences; and examines photography’s multiple uses and continued changing faces. Each part begins with an introductory text, giving historical contextualization and scholarly orientation. Featuring the work of international experts, and offering diverse examples, insights and discussions of the field’s rich historiography, the Handbook provides critical guidance to the most recent research in photography studies. This pioneering and comprehensive volume presents a systematic synopsis of the subject that will be an invaluable resource for photography researchers and students from all disciplinary backgrounds in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

See Saw

A lavishly illustrated history of photography in essays by the author of Otherwise Known as the Human Condition See/Saw shows how photographs frame and change our perspective on the world.

Author: Geoff Dyer

Publisher: Graywolf Press

ISBN: 9781644450444

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 336

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A lavishly illustrated history of photography in essays by the author of Otherwise Known as the Human Condition See/Saw shows how photographs frame and change our perspective on the world. Taking in photographers from early in the last century to the present day—including artists such as Eugène Atget, Vivian Maier, Roy DeCarava, and Alex Webb—the celebrated writer Geoff Dyer offers a series of moving, witty, prescient, surprising, and intimate encounters with images. Dyer has been writing about photography for thirty years, and this tour de force of visual scrutiny and stylistic flair gathers his lively, engaged criticism over the course of a decade. A rich addition to Dyer’s The Ongoing Moment, and heir to Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida, Susan Sontag’s On Photography, and John Berger’s Understanding a Photograph, See/Saw shows how a photograph can simultaneously record and invent the world, revealing a brilliant seer at work. It is a paean to art and art writing by one of the liveliest critics of our day.

The Reconfigured Eye

In his brilliantly epigrammatic essay "Understanding a Photograph," the
influential Marxist critic John Berger insists that the interest of a photograph
depends totally on this tenacious adherence of the referent.7 Photographs, as he
defines them ...

Author: William J. Mitchell

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262631600

Category: Photography

Page: 273

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An analysis of the digital imaging revolution. It describes the technology of digital imaging and looks at how it is changing the way we explore ideas, at its aesthetic potential and at the ethical questions raised. Topics include electronic brushstrokes, virtual cameras, synthetic shading and more.

Image Matters

Archive, Photography, and the African Diaspora in Europe Tina Campt ... furniture
, the landscape . . . as well as to many different kinds of images: paintings, statues
, engravings, photographs. ... Berger, “Understanding a Photograph,” 292.

Author: Tina Campt

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822350742

Category: History

Page: 241

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Campt explores the affective resonances of two archives of Black European photographs for those pictured, their families, and the community. Image Matters looks at photograph collections of four Black German families taken between 1900 and the end of World War II and a set of portraits of Afro-Caribbean migrants to Britain taken at a photographic studio in Birmingham between 1948 and 1960.

Controversial Images

References. Barthes, R. (1977)Image,Music,Text(edandtrans.)S.Heath(London:
Fontana). Berger, J. (1980) 'Understanding a Photograph' inA. Rachtenberg (ed)
Classic Essays on Photography (New Haven, CT:Leete's Island Books). Brothers

Author: Feona Attwood

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137291990

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 292

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Offering a series of case studies of recent media controversies, this collection draws on new perspectives in cultural studies to consider a wide variety of images. The book suggest how we might achieve a more subtle understanding of controversial images and negotiate the difficult terrain of the new media landscape.

History and Cultural Memory in Neo Victorian Fiction

Each WildIdea: Writing, Photography, History. Cambridge, Massachusetts and
London,England: MIT Press. Baudrillard,Jean. 1983. ... 'Understanding a
Photograph'. In The Look of Things: Selected Essays and Articles, editedbyN.

Author: Kate Mitchell

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230283128

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 222

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A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via the OAPEN Library platform, www.oapen.org. Arguing that neo-Victorian fiction enacts and celebrates cultural memory, this book uses memory discourse to position these novels as dynamic participants in the contemporary historical imaginary.

Joseph Cornell Versus Cinema

State Press, 2005), p.16 28 Ibid, p.16 29 Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida:
Reflections on Photography (New York: Hill ... Art Theory (Basingstoke: Palgrave
Macmillan, 1986); John Berger, 'Understanding a Photograph' in The Selected
Essays ...

Author: Michael Pigott

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472503538

Category: Art

Page: 144

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Joseph Cornell is one of the most significant American artists of the 20th century. His work is highly visible in the world's most prestigious galleries, including the Tate Modern and MOMA. His famous boxes and his collage work have been admired and widely studied. However, Cornell also produced an extraordinary body of film work, a serious contribution to 20th-century avant-garde cinema, and this has been much less examined. In this book, Michael Piggott makes the case for the significance of Joseph Cornell's films. This is an important contribution to our knowledge of 20th-century culture for scholars and students of film and art history and American studies and for all those interested in pop culture, celebrity and fandom.

The Log

IN MODE OF PRESENTATION these companion photographs serve as
comparative explanatory illustrations of the ... perspectives are used as a medium
of expression in establishing a working understanding of subassembly technique




Category: Marine engineering


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How to Read a Photograph

Each entry includes a concise biography along with an illuminating discussion of key works and nuggets of contextual information, making this book the ideal gallery companion for photography aficionados everywhere.

Author: Ian Jeffrey


ISBN: 9780500287842

Category: Photographic criticism

Page: 383

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Ian Jeffrey is an excellent guide in this profusely illustrated introduction to the appreciation of photography as an art form. Novices & experts alike will gain a deeper understanding of great photographers & their work, as Jeffrey decodes key images & provides essential biographical & historical background


Critical Histories of Photography ( Cambridge , Mass . , 1989 ) , p . xvi ) . John
Tagg claims that to understand what makes a photograph meaningful " we must
look . . . to the conscious and unconscious processes , the practices and
institutions ...




Category: Archives


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Accordingly, the pretence to historical understanding remains although that
understanding has been replaced by aesthetic experience. (Sekula 1991: 123)
The history of photography is to a large extent shaped by the characteristic ways
in ...

Author: Liz Wells

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415307031

Category: Photography

Page: 382

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This seminal text for photography students identifies key debates in photographic theory, stimulates discussion and evaluation of the critical use of photographic images and ways of seeing. This new edition retains the thematic structure and text features of its predecessors but also expands coverage on photojournalism, digital imaging techniques, race and colonialism. The content is updated with additional international and contemporary examples and images throughout and the inclusion of colour photos. Features of this new edition include: *Key concepts and short biographies of major thinkers *Updated international and contemporary case studies and examples *A full glossary of terms, a comprehensive bibliography *Resource information, including guides to public archives and useful websites

East Asian History

Each one was 22 John Berger , “ Understanding a photo- called " Contemporary
Japanese Photography " and each limited its purgraph ” ( originally published in
1974 ) , in view to photographs published in magazines during the previous year




Category: East Asia


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Narratives of Place : History and Memory and the Evidential Force of
Photography in Work By Meridel Rubenstein and ... Understanding " what was
there " can only be fragmentary , like memory , and like photographs : before a
photograph ...

Author: Alex Hughes

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 9780826328250

Category: Photography

Page: 287

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How are photographs understood as narratives? In this book twenty-two original critical essays tackle this overarching question in a series of case studies moving chronologically across the history of photography from the 1840s to the twenty-first century. The contributors explore the intersections of photography with history, memory, autobiography, time, death, mapping, the discourse of Orientalism, digital technology, and representations of race and gender. The essays range in focus from the role of photographic images in the memorialization of the Holocaust, the Argentine "Dirty Warm," and Japanese American internment camps through Man Ray's classic image "Noire et blanche" and Nan Goldin's "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency" to the function of family albums in nineteenth-century England and America.

Candida H fer

He expressed these observations in an essay titled " Understanding a
Photograph , " published in 1974 , the year after Candida Höfer arrived at the
Kunstakademie Düsseldorf . Along with the serial , analytical practice and
meticulous attitude ...

Author: Candida Höfer

Publisher: Aperture


Category: Photography

Page: 111

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Architecture of Absence examines Hofer's unique oeuvre and the relationship of her architecture work to that of the "Becher Circle"-noted students of the Dusseldorf Academy's renowned professor Bernd Becher, including Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky, and Axel Hutte.

Where is the Photograph

13 Vilém Flusser , Towards a Philosophy of Photography , Reaktion Books ,
London , 2000 , p . 35 . 14 ibid . p . 39 . 15 John Berger , ' Understanding a
Photograph ' , Classic Essays on Photography , Alan Trachtenberg ( ed . ) , Leete
' s Island ...

Author: David Green



Category: Photography

Page: 135

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"With photography's increasing incorporation into a wide range of fine art practices and the rapid development of evermore sophisticated electronic and digital technologies, it is clear that it is now extremely difficult to say precisely where and how we are to define the boundaries that separate photography from other media. We have been forced to abandon our preconceptions about what a photograph might be or mean and to ask the more fundamental question of where, in the complex space created by contemporary technologies and representational practices, something called the photograph might be; what it might mean for us to identify it and try to relate it to the reality beyond. This collection of essays draws together a range of different historical and philosophical perspectives as a way of addressing the significant changes that have taken place in our critical and theoretical understanding of photography and the photographic over the past decade."--BOOK JACKET.