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Photography and its Critics
A Cultural History, 1839–1900

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Part of Perspectives on Photography

  • Date Published: September 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107403383

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About the Authors
  • Photography and its Critics offers an original overview of nineteenth-century American and European writing about photography from such disparate fields as art theory, social reform, and physiology. In this study, Mary Warner Marien argues that photography was an important social and cultural symbol for modernity and change in several fields, such as art and social reform. Moreover, she demonstrates how photography quickly emerged as a pliant symbol for modernity and change, one that could as easily oppose progress as promote democracy.

    • Readable and accessible
    • Essential reading for those interested in nineteenth-century art as well as photography
    • Shows photography as a central concept and symbol, as well as an imaging system
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    "...the realization of a brilliant cultural history of photography in the nineteenth century." Mark B. Pohlad

    "...look forward to reading as it is not stuffy or academic at all, but well written, easy to read and full of information presented in a new way." The Picture Professional

    "marien's book is rich in its materials, both primary and secondary....The effect in general is of a branch of cultural history being thought through--...expounding on how nineteenth-century photographs of different kinds presented themselves. This...the field sorely needs." Mark Roskill, Visual Resources

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107403383
    • length: 242 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The origins of photographic discourse
    2. Photography and the modern in nineteenth-century thought
    3. Art, photography and society
    4. Forced to be free: photography, literacy, and mass culture
    5. The lure of modernity
    Epilogue: ghosts: photography and the modern
    Bibliographic survey.

  • Author

    Mary Warner Marien, Syracuse University, New York

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