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An excellent introduction to photographic theory,
This review is from: Basic Critical Theory for Photographers (Paperback)
This is an extremely important and interesting introduction to key theoretical texts concerning photography. La Grange presents an impartial and clear synopsis of books and articles that have had wide-reaching impact on photographic practice and theory. The book has prompted me to return to many of the original texts and therefore I assume it must inspire new readers to commit to the texts for the first time. I have not attempted any of the exercises, but as a former teacher I think that they are good starting points for deeper consideration of the texts and will engage students in further analysis of the subjects, thereby encouraging them to have greater confidence in their own opinions. I am particularly excited that La Grange has placed photography within the broader context of the arts through the inclusion of literature and poems, as this is often overlooked by art criticism and theory.