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Photography: A Very Short Introduction

Steve Edwards

24 August 2006

ISBN: 9780192801647

176 pages

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99



Photographs are an integral part of our daily lives - from snapshots and tabloid newspapers to art photography in galleries and exhibitions. Edwards combines a sense of the historical development of photography with an insightful analysis of its purpose and meaning within a wider cultural context.

  • A clear, lively, and imaginative approach to the definition, importance, and meaning of photography
  • Challenges readers' notions about the definition of photography, and why it is such an important part of our cultural life
  • Includes both well-known and more unusual photographs, from the highly controversial Cottingley Fairies photograph to Ansel Adams landscapes, and from the shocking and influential Eddie Adams image of a Vietcong suspect being executed to the portrait work of Cindy Sherman.

About the Author(s)

Steve Edwards, Research Lecturer in Art History at the Open University

Table of Contents

    1:Forgetting Photography
    4:What is a photograph?
    5:The apparatus and its image
    6:Fantasy and remembrance
    Afterword: Digital photography
    Further reading