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Photography and Its Violations

by John Roberts Columbia University Press (September 30, 2014)

Theorists critique photography for “objectifying” its subjects and manipulating appearance for the sake of art. In this bold counterargument, John Roberts recasts photography’s violating powers and aesthetic...

On Photography

National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism 1977

by Susan Sontag Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 31, 2011)

Winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award for Criticism.

One of the most highly regarded books of its kind, On Photography first appeared in 1977 and is described by its author as "a progress of essays...

The Art of Looking

by Lance Esplund Basic Books (November 26, 2018)

A veteran art critic helps us make sense of modern and contemporary art

The landscape of contemporary art has changed dramatically during the last hundred years: from Malevich's 1915 painting of a single black...

Gerry Badger: The Pleasures of Good Photographs

by Gerry Badger Aperture (January 01, 2014)

If looking at photographs is a pleasurable activity, it is pleasurable in a complex, transformative, frequently unsettling sense. It is not pleasure unalloyed, for no profound pleasure is pure…Like many truly...

Photographs Not Taken

by Will Steacy Daylight Books (March 27, 2012)

Photographs Not Taken is a collection of photographers’ essays about failed attempts to make a picture. Editor Will Steacy asked each photographer to abandon the conventional tools needed to make a photograph—camera,...

The Gift of the Face

by Shamoon Zamir The University of North Carolina Press (August 14, 2014)

Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian is the most ambitious photographic and ethnographic record of Native American cultures ever produced. Published between 1907 and 1930 as a series of twenty volumes...

Sensational Modernism

by Joseph B. Entin The University of North Carolina Press (September 01, 2012)

Challenging the conventional wisdom that the 1930s were dominated by literary and photographic realism, Sensational Modernism uncovers a rich vein of experimental work by politically progressive artists. Examining...

Picturing Dogs, Seeing Ourselves

by Ann-Janine Morey Penn State University Press (August 29, 2014)

Dogs are as ubiquitous in American culture as white picket fences and apple pie, embracing all the meanings of wholesome domestic life—family, fidelity, comfort, protection, nurturance, and love—as well...

Reel Photos: Balancing Art and Truth in Contemporary Film

by Wendy Sterba Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 26, 2015)

This book focuses on the role of photographs embedded in specific films to look at how we understand images. The book also explores how the viewer’s perceptions of the photos are vital to the understanding...