This lively new survey offers fresh insights into 150 years of American photography, placing it in its cultural context for the first time. Orvell examinines this fascinating subject through portraiture and landscape photography, eamily albums and memory, and analyses the particularly 'American' way in which American photographers have viewed the world around them. Combining a clear overview of the changing nature of photographic thinking and practice in this period, with an exploration of key concepts, the result is the first coherent history of American photography, which examines issues such as the nature of photographic exploitation, experimental techniques, the power of the photograph to shock, and whether we should subscribe to the notion of a visual history.
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Author Biography - Miles Orvell
Miles Orvell is Professor of English and American studies, with a broad interest in modern American culture. Other publications include 'The Real Thing: Imitation and Authenticity in American Culture 1880 - 1940', which was co-winner of the American Studies Association's John Hope Franklin Prize, and his essays and reviews on literature, photography, film, technology, and the arts have appeared in many journals, such as American Art and History of Photography. He is also the Senior Editor of the Encyclopaedia of American Studies, and the Director of American Studies at Temple University.