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on 18 February 2010
This book is fabulous! Gives you a solid breakdown of some of the most important essays ever written in photographic theory. It takes some intense concentration but the read is both rewarding in the end and beneficial to those who are wanting to become a photographer or critique in conceptual art.
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on 11 August 2010
If you are studying photography as a student (or even just as a keen photographer) this is the book for you. For students this is the source book and sacred reference for a constant stream of Distinctions. So cool to have all the best reference sources in one handy book. Need to write a seriously arty and learned essay? No problem, a good hour of skimming and all the references and quotes are yours!

The real joy of this book though is that it's a real voyage of discovery, and jumping off point, for those of us who actually take that study seriously. It's a superb read, a distillation of much photographic and semiotic wisdom into one book, and through that read it leads, internet-like, to a myriad links to other sources and essays.

If you have any interest in photographic analysis, and to be honest, you'd hardly be reading this review otherwise, buy it.
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on 30 January 2015
This book is very good depending on the purpose it why your buying it. For a college course where you are beginning to be opened up to photographic writing, this would be a very good starting point for getting a good grounding. Not for the advanced student or reader!
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on 3 February 2016
Looking forward to reading this. I am a freelance photographer but want to learn more about the theory behind it, so immersing myself in various books. Will provide an update when finished reading this book
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on 7 November 2009
This is a very good outline of many of the main themes in photography - particularly if you are studying photography or visual media in a cultural context. Difficult but rewarding!
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on 13 November 2014
Sheer gobbledegook. I made a big mistake in buying this book thinking it would give me a deeper understanding of photography and the motives behind great photographers.
Maybe it can do that for some people but I'm not one of them. All it did was twist my head in knots with it's undecipherable language and obtuse terminology. As far as I'm concerned most of it is unreadable... and most of my copy remains unread.
This book isn't about photography, it's about politics, philosophy and the fashion of ideas.
If you want to cultivate sophisticated friends who may be impressed by the contents of your bookcase then this is one to sit next to Oswald Spenglers "Decline of the West."
If you're into photography buy something else.
Pure BS.
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on 6 January 2016
Great for university readers, fast delivery with prime.
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on 7 February 2016
Brilliant book every photographer should have
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on 27 April 2016
Great Love it!
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on 12 February 2015
Great read
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