The relatively new medium of photography has generated, from its inception, intense debate over its merits as an art form. (It was not until late in the twentieth century, for example, that colour photography was accepted in the canon of art historical scholarship.) In Reading Photography, Sri-Kartini Leet brings together over 100 extracts from writings on different themes in the medium to explore the art of photography. Beginning with the historical origins of photography, she charts the changes from daguerrotype and formal portraits to the everyday and the emergence of modernism. By the 1920s well-known surrealist artists were using the photograph to develop experimental techniques. Colour, frequently sidelined in early photography, is considered in its various incarnations of advertising, amateur pictures and its adoption in the 1960s as an expressive media. The concept of the photo as a commodifying practice, blurring the boundaries between the artistic and the prosaic, is discussed. Photography was included in the post-modernist movement to question traditional notions of what constitutes art, and several authors have been selected to illustrate this development.Landscape and the city are juxtaposed to demonstrate how location was used in the representation of political, social and psychological states. The role of the individual in these settings is expressed in a chapter on identity and photography. Preceeded by a discussion of its means of rendering the subject an object, a chapter on anthropological photography demonstrates the unattainable desire to achieve an objective view of the different natures of man. Equally, the nature of photography enables artists to dismember the body and thereby dehumanise it. Feminism and the role of the female photographer are implicated in this chapter. The final section considers the impact of the digital age. Sri-Kartini Leet's judicious selection of articles introduces the reader to a broad and enriching range of art historical comment engendered by the photograph, and makes Reading Photography an indispensable aid to the study of photography.
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KEYNOTE: Provides tips from an experienced photographer on equipment and techniques How many of us have brought our cameras with us on holiday in hopes of creating a memorable visual record of our trip and been disappointed in the results? This book, written by a leading travel photographer and journalist contains a stunning array of images from all over the world. Written from the author's vast experience of photographing subjects, he provides invaluable and practical advice on how to get the best shots. The author's lively writing style and his gorgeous and evocative photographs of people and places make the reader feel that they have been travelling with him. This book is ideal for the person who travels for work or pleasure and wants advice and inspiration for creating and improving their own photography. Contents: From hobby to art; Moving on from "Smile, please"; In praise of 'digital'; Breaking the rules; Into the sun; "Before the setting of the sun"; Paris by night; Seen through the mist; Why you should wear a white shirt; Shooting in waltz time; The still silence of black-and-white; Finding your own rhythm; A point in space; Vivid impressions; The world in faces; faces in the world; The law is the law; Taking genre to new heights; Playing with reflections; Down shady avenues; Are you still a prisoner?; Sparring with Euclid; Getting down to the nuts and bolts; Welcome to Sodom!; The gentle hunt; Render unto God the things that are God's; Captured by the Moors; How can you photograph the Venus de Milo?; Open sesame! AUTHOR: Alex Milovsky is a popular travel photographer and journalist. He is a tireless explorer, who has travelled through more than eighty countries. In his work, photographs and text flow together to form a single artistic unity. Thousands of his photographs have been published in magazines such as GEO, Stern, Natural History, Vanity Fair, Vogue, GQ, Elle, Harper's Bazaar and Focus. He is the author of numerous books that have been published worldwide in multiple languages. REVIEWS: "With 200 colour photographs by a leading travel photographer, this book shows you just how striking travel shots can be. It's also packed with tips on how you can achieve such results with your camera. Be inspired by frozen waterfalls in Iceland or the sun setting over the Nile." Townswoman ILLUSTRATIONS: 200 colour *
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Man has recognised an association of light with life and medicine for over 3000 years. Today the major challenges to this topic include the elucidation of photochemical reactions involved in photobiology at the molecular level. This includes the use of a variety of modem probing techniques that directly measures the reactivity of excited states and free radicals involved in biological reactions. This text-book is based on such an approach and has arisen from some of the lectures delivered at the NATO ASI held at Hotel Capo Caccia near the Centre for Advanced Research in Photobiology (CARP) in Sardegia, Italy. The ASI took place from 30 September -13 October 1993 and involved a total membership of 90. The book, like the NATO ASI itself, is divided into four themes starting with fundamental aspects and ending with complex medically related systems. Thus Theme 1 covers aspects of the underlying photophysics and photochemistry with particular emphasis on modem experimental techniques to study molecular mechanisms of biological processes. Theme 2 applies many of these fundamental studies to the chemical reactions of most relevance to photobiology and photomedicine such as photo-addition, -isomerization, -sensitization and -pigmentation. The third and fourth Themes deal with the deleterious and therapeutic aspects of light with particular emphasis on the use of Photo-Dynamic Therapy (PDT) to treat cancer and on viral and micro bioi infections.
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