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on 14 April 2014
Most of us take photographs. Most of us also use the language and concepts of psychoanalysis to throw light on our own and others' behaviour. Many of us use words and photographs to influence and persuade, even if it is only on Facebook.

This book journeys through these two relatively-modern disciplines and uses ideas and exemplars to ask questions like "What is an image?" and "What is the relationship between our subjects, images and our own self?".

This is also a useful sketchbook of the history of the two disciplines and some ruminations on image-making in the twentieth century. All-in-all, thought-provoking and a very worthwhile read for the aspiring photographer and those of us who wield a camera without a great deal of thought.
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on 28 May 2013
Stephens first hand knowledge and expertise in psychology and photography shines throughout the book.

We are taken on an interesting journey from the beginning of photography and led through its uses in politics and advertising over the years.

I now have a better understanding of both disciplines and really enjoyed actually reading and learning

If you are looking for a book which will at one level pique your curiosity and give learned insights into photography then I heartily recommend reading the book .
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on 25 May 2013
A very interesting take on the history of photography. Even reading about Freud and Jung etc... (which I did not enjoy as a student)has been fascinating.
A useful book for anybody interested in photography or using images for their business!
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on 5 March 2016
Loved this book. Very well written, it makes you look at images in a new way.As a photography degree student it prompts you to look beyond the obvious. Looking forward to purchasing more of Stephen Bray's texts in the near future.
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on 7 August 2014
Jung would love it.
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