Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press, 1998. First Edition. Fine copy in the original color-printed, stiff-card wrappers. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. Item #230552
Series; The critical image. Physical description; xii, 241 p., 6 leaves of plates : ill ; 25 cm. Notes; Includes bibliographical references and index. Contents; Introduction - realism, contradiction and interpretation. Photography, the everyday and the Russian Revolution; technique, technology and the everyday - German photographic culture in the 1920s and 1930s; the making of documentary - documentary after factography; the state, the everyday and the archive; Surrealism, photography and the everyday; inside Modernism - American photography and post-war culture; John Berger and Jean Mohr - the return to communality; the rise of theory and the critique of realism - photography in Britain in the 1980s; disfiguring the ideal - the body, photography and the everyday; Jeff Wall - the social pathology of everyday life; Jo Spence - photography, empowerment and the everyday; digital imagery and the critique of realism. Summary; A history of theories of photographic practices, this text sets out to do a number of things: to recover the critical place of the photographic archive within the avant-garde; to defend the philosophic claims of realism in assessing photography this century; and to present a dialogic defence of the naturalistic or documnetary image. Subjects; Berger, John (1926-). Mohr, Jean. Wall, Jeff (1946-). Spence, Jo (1934-1992). Photography, Modern - 20th century. Art - Theory. Human figure in art. Surrealism. Modernism. Realism - 20th century. Photography - Theory - 20th century. Documentary photography - 20th century. Photography & photographs. Photography / History. Art and photography ; Realism in art.