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Published: 10 August 2015

336 Pages

7 x 10 inches

ISBN: 9780199314225

Bookseller Code (04)

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Photography in America

Miles Orvell

  • An Introduction explores how to read photographs and how to write about them; subsequent chapters deal with the Civil War; social documentary and the city; art photography; street photography; family albums; photographing minority communities; photography and slavery; photography and the Harlem Renaissance; photography and celebrity; the image world; ghost photography; digital photography, photography and truth, etc.
  • "Techniques, Formats, and Equipment," "Lives in Photography," and "Movements and Trends" boxes throughout the text contain mini-essays on special topics like the Photo Booth, Aerial photography, the Leica camera, Alfred Stieglitz and Camera Work, Magnum Photos, Mapplethorpe and the Culture Wars, the Vietnam War and American Culture, and Motorcycles and the Open Road
  • 170 key terms including Pinhole Photography, Precisionism, Stereograph, Zoopraxiscope, etc; listings of museums and websites; and a timeline help first-time photography students navigate the content and point to rich resources for expanded study
  • 150 biographical sketches of photographers provide additional context and help students connect with the people behind the works discussed in the text, from Mathew Brady to Berenice Abbott and from Edward Weston to Garry Winogrand