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Seizing the light : a social & aesthetic history of photography

Author: Robert Hirsch
Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Third editionView all editions and formats
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"The definitive history of photography book, Seizing the Light: A Social & Aesthetic History of Photography delivers the fascinating story of how photography as an art form came into being, and its continued development, maturity, and transformation. Covering the major events, practitioners, works, and social effects of photographic practice, Robert Hirsch provides a concise and discerning chronological account of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hirsch, Robert, 1949-
Seizing the light.
New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, [2017]
(DLC) 2016037862
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Hirsch
ISBN: 9781138944275 1138944270 9781138944251 1138944254
OCLC Number: 956775259
Description: xiii, 594 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Contents: Advancing towards photography : the rise of the reproduction --
The Daguerreotype : image and object --
Calotype rising : the arrival of photography --
Pictures on glass : the wet place process --
World news --
current events : picturing tragedy --
A new medium of communication --
Standardizin photographic practice : a transparent truth --
New ways of visualizing time and space --
Suggesting the subject : the evolution of pictorialism --
Modernism's innovations --
The new culture of light --
Social documents --
Catching time --
From halftones to bytes --
The atomic age --
New frontiers : expanding boundaries --
Changing realities --
Thinking about photography --
The politics of representation --
Photography becomes digital imaging.
Responsibility: Robert Hirsch.

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"The definitive history of photography book, Seizing the Light: A Social & Aesthetic History of Photography delivers the fascinating story of how photography as an art form came into being, and its continued development, maturity, and transformation. Covering the major events, practitioners, works, and social effects of photographic practice, Robert Hirsch provides a concise and discerning chronological account of Western photography. This fundamental starting place shows the diversity of makers, inventors, issues, and applications, exploring the artistic, critical, and social aspects of the creative process. The third edition includes up-to-date information about contemporary photographers like Cindy Sherman and Yang Yongliang, and comprehensive coverage of the digital revolution, including the rise of mobile photography, the citizen as journalist, and the role of social media. Highly illustrated with full-color images and contributions from hundreds of artists around the world, Seizing the Light serves as a gateway to the history of photography. Written in an accessible style, it is perfect for students newly engaging with the practice of photography and for experienced photographers wanting to contextualize their own work"--The publisher.

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