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Contest of Meaning: Critical Histories of Photography

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Photography's great success gives the impression that the major questions that have haunted the medium are now resolved. On the contrary, the most important questions about photography are just beginning to be asked. These fourteen essays, with over 200 illustrations, critically examine prevailing beliefs about the medium and suggest new ways to explain the history of phot ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published February 25th 1992 by Mit Press (first published December 15th 1989)
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Brandon
Aug 17, 2009 Brandon rated it liked it
The word critical is used most liberally here, pretty frustrating and exasperating reading at times (landscape photography is a masculine process used to subject the feminine mystique to a male dominated power structure in society come onnnnn)but some interesting stuff in here.
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Good book. Shows its age a bit, but still useful teaching essays by Batchen, Bright, and Bolton. Nice essay by Catherine Lord, and a classic by Sekula.
Creamypencil
Dec 07, 2013 Creamypencil rated it it was amazing
it offers a very critical viewpoint towards photography. I believe every photography students should read it.
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Sep 01, 2010 Faith rated it really liked it
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A mixed bag in terms of subject and quality, this book really shines at tearing MOMA's photography department apart.
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