Seizing the Light: A Social History of Photography

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/9/2008
  • Publisher: MCGRAW HILL

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Seizing the Light: A Social History of Photographyprovides a thought-provoking, accurate, and accessible introduction to the photographic arts for all readers. With stunning images and commentary by hundreds of international artists, the text clearly and concisely provides the building blocks necessary to critically explore photographic history from the photographers' eye, an aesthetic point of view.

Table of Contents

Advancing toward Photography: The Birth of Modernity
A Desire for Visual Representation Perspective Thinking of Photography Camera Vision
The Demand for Picturemaking Systems Proto-Photographers: Chemical Action of Light Modernity: New Visual Realities Optical Devices
Images through Light: A Struggle for Permanence Other Distinct Originators
The Daguerreotype: Image and Object What Is a Daguerreotype?
The Daguerreotype Comes to America The Early Practitioners Early Daguerrean Portrait Making Technical Improvements
Expanding U.S. Portrait Studios
The Art of the Daguerrean Portrait Daguerrean Portrait Galleries and Picture Factories African-American Operators Rural Practice Post-Mortem Portraits
The Daguerreotype and the Landscape
The Daguerreotype and Science
Calotype Rising: The Arrival of Photography
The Calotype Early Calotype Activity Calotypists Establish a Practice Calotype and Architecture: Mission Heliographique
The End of the Calotype and the Future of Photography
Pictures on Glass: The Wet-Plate Process
The Albumen Process The New Transparent Look
The Ambrotype Pictures on Tin The Carte-de-Visite and the Photo Album The Cabinet Photograph: The Picture Gets Bigger
The Studio Tradition Retouching and Enlargements
The Stereoscope
The Stereo Craze
Prevailing Events/Picturing Calamity Current Events Early War Coverage
The American Civil War How Photographs Were Circulated
A New Medium of Communication Photography: Art or Industry?
Discovering a Photographic Language Americans and the Art of Nature Positivism
Standardizing the Practice: A Transparent Truth Mechanical Photography
The Traveling Camera Picturing Industrialization Urban Life
The American West: The Narrative and the Sublime
New Ways of Visualizing Time and Space
The Inadequacy of Human Vision Locomotion Transforming Aesthetics: Technical Breakthroughs
The Hand-Held Camera and the Snapshot Time and Motion as an Extended Continuum Moving Pictures Color and Photography
Suggesting the Subject: The Evolution of Pictorialism Roots of Pictorialism Pictorialism and Naturalism
The Development of Pictorial Effect
The Secession Movement and the Rise of Photography Clubs
The Aesthetic Club Movement Working Pictorially: A Variety of Approaches American Perspectives
The Photo-Secession
The Decadent Movement and Tonalism Women Pictorialists
The Pictorial Epoch/The Stieglitz Group
The Decline of Pictorialism
Modernism's Innovations Industrial Beauty Cubism High and Low Art Futurism Time, Movement, and the Machine Towards a Modern Practice: Distilling Form Dada Exploring Space and Time: The Return of the Photogram Surrealism Collage Suprematism Art, Technology, and a New Faith Paul Strand and Straight Photography: Purity of Use
The New Culture of Light Teaching Modernism: The American Impulse Stieglitz's "Equivalents" Steichen Goes Commercial Form as Essence Straight, Modernistic Photography Film und Foto and New Objectivity Experimentally Modern New Vision Pathways of Light: Time, Space, and Form Surrealistic Themes
Social Documents An American Urge: Social Uplift Ethnological Approaches Emerging Ethnic Consciousness
The Physiognomic Approach The Great Depression: The Economics of Photography
The FAP Project: Changing New York
The Photo Booth: Self-Portraits for All Mass Observation
The Film and Photo League
Nabbing Time Anticipating the Moment
From Halftones to Bytes Pictures and Printers Ink Th
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