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Photography: A Cultural History [Paperback]

Mary Warner Marien
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1 Feb 2010
Here is the history weve been waiting for ... erudite and entertaining ... she shows how pictures really did change our world. Her shrewd selection of over 600 fascinating photos (many in colour) illustrate a history that meets the ultimate test: open to any page and youre hooked ... and its free from tormenting academic jargon. Camera Arts This 3rd edition of the groundbreaking survey of international photography has 16 additional pages, including new material from recent research on Victorian photography's relationship to painting, photography's involvement with German and Russian art movement between the World Wars and growing influence of vernacular photography alongside art and commercial photography. It documents the rise of digital photography and its impact on photographic history and contemporary practice, including worldwide use of digital cameras and phone cameras. This remains the only book to trace the entire history of photography in its cultural context, worldwide.

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  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King; 3 edition (1 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856696669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856696661
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 22.6 x 29.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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........ Marien's book is an extensive, up-to-date, factual and critical survey of every aspect of the medium's cultural history,...... -- Art Quarterly

Immensely visual...this is an authoritative and hefty read. -- Amateur Photographer

With a decidedly socio-political slant, the book exposes the agendas behind photographers from Lewis Carroll to Richard Billingham. -- World of Interiors --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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With a decidedly socio-political slant, the book exposes the agendas behind photographers from Lewis Carroll to Richard Billingham. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Photographers...one book you should own. 9 Jun 2010
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A friend who is studying photography at university sent me the advised reading list for her course. She said if you can only buy one book from the list buy this one.
I did and I'm delighted. The information is clear, informational and interesting and it is well illustrated with brilliant images from top photographers through history. The section on war is especially gripping (if a little graphic) and the author is not afraid to address sensitive subjects. in general it's a great reference and an informative history of the developement of photographic science. If photography is your interest your business or your passion then I would really recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value 11 Feb 2011
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A very thorough, clearly written book with excellent production values. A great overview for anyone interested in photography and its relationship to society.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best modern history of photography I know. 23 Jun 2013
By Tom Ang
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Enjoyable, well-written, well illustrated with some surprises, erudite though weak on technicalities (actually, ignores much of modern development. Nonetheless, highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book worth purchasing 4 Sep 2012
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A great book to purchase for casual reading into photography and research for the topic. Lots of information and great illustrations.
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