Photography at the Dock
Essays on Photographic History, Institutions and Practices New edition
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Photography at the Dock by Abigail Solomon-Godeau
Book DescriptionThis study examines the politics of photographic criticism, history and practice. It is a revisionist approach to the history of photography, a critique of photographic modernism and the institutions promoting it, and a feminist exploration of the camera's role in producing (and reproducing) dominant social and sexual ideology. Considering the role of cultural institutions - art historians, collectors, and dealers in construction histories of photography - Solomon-Godeau critiques such institutionalized aesthetics while offering an implied counter-history of the medium. She considers also the place of photography within post-modernism, tracing its evolution from a critical practice to a stylistic option. Lastly, Solomon-Godeau examines the work of a feminist photographer who seeks to counter the sexual politics that photography normally confirms. This, in turn, includes themes concerning the massive production of photographic erotica and pornography that are taken up and considered in relation to contemporary feminist theory and art practice.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780816619146
(258mm x 201mm x 20mm)
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 15-Aug-1994
Country of Publication: United States
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