What Photography Is

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What Photography Is

By James Elkins

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In What Photography Is, James Elkins examines the strange and alluring power of photography in the same provocative and evocative manner as he explored oil painting in his best-selling What Painting Is. In the course of an extended imaginary dialogue with Roland Barthes's Camera Lucida, Elkins argues that photography is also about meaninglessness--its apparently endless capacity to show us things that we do not want or need to see--and also about pain, because extremely powerful images can sear permanently into our consciousness. Extensively illustrated with a surprising range of images, the book demonstrates that what makes photography uniquely powerful is its ability to express the difficulty--physical, psychological, emotional, and aesthetic--of the act of seeing.

Subject: Humanities -> Art -> Art

What Photography Is
1st edition
Publisher: Taylor & Francis 4/26/11
Imprint: Routledge
Language: English
Length: 240 pages

ISBN 10: 1135844429
ISBN 13: 9781135844424
Print ISBN: 9780415995696

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