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Shooting WarConflict photographers are visual historians, bearing witness to stories that must be told. The images they produce seize our attention and, moved by what we see, troubling questions come to mind. What has become of these victims of war whose plight has been so memorably captured on camera? How did human behavior turn so dark? Shooting War builds on this narrative by asking a different set of questions that to date has received little, if any, attention. What of the person taking the photograph? What might they have experienced? Neuropsychiatrist Anthony Feinstein provides the answers in a series of essays, one each for 18 of the world's preeminent conflict photographers. Complementing each essay is a single, iconic photograph around which the text is built. The essays, derived from face-to-face interviews with the photojournalists, relatives, and close friends, give new and revealing insights into those factors, professional and psychological, that motivate photographers to enter zones of conflict repeatedly and the consequences that come from exposure to grave danger. These may include grievous physical injury, PTSD, moral injury, and prolonged bereavement for colleagues lost. What emerges from these interviews and analyses is a different, unique appreciation of the world of the war and conflict photographer. In addition to opening a new line of investigation into photographers and conflict, the book includes a definitive foreword by Sir Harold Evans, himself a world-renowned commentator on conflict and photography. A comprehensive index of photographer biographies and the wars and conflicts they have photographed is cited. This ground-breaking book will stir interest in the essential work of the men and women who, armed with only a camera, venture into the world's most dangerous places.
Call Number: 770.92 F299 2018
Mapplethorpe and the Flower: Radical Sexuality and the Limits of ControlMapplethorpe and the Flower- Radical Sexuality and the Limits of Control is the first dedicated book-length critical study of the late artist Robert Mapplethorpe's flower photographs. The book is an interdisciplinary investigation into the symbolism of the flower as envisioned by a photographer whose production was mired in controversy triggered in large part by his thematic exploration of radical sexuality and queer subcultural life. Mapplethorpe came into international prominence due to the public response to his polarizing retrospective exhibition, The Perfect Moment (1989-1990), a ground breaking collection of images exploring three largely traditional genres of photography- the still life, the portrait, and the human figure. If there is one characteristic that unifies the artist's approach to these genres, however, it is his meticulous attention to the materiality of the photograph as object. Mapplethorpe was a dedicated formalist, committed to locating what is most beautiful about his chosen subject producing work under carefully controlled studio conditions that enabled the development of a unique and singular aesthetic vision. Bearing this in mind, Mapplethorpe and the Flower is dedicated to unpacking how the artist's unique brand of formal sophistication and discipline, combined with his conceptual bravado, interpenetrates all of his photographs and reaches its formal and conceptual maturation in his flower images. There has been significant critical attention paid to the artist's more notorious photographs, namely the S&M imagery, and his now infamous persona as provocateur and sexual renegade. Fixation on this dimension of the artist's mythology overshadows the formal details and interlocking representational and political commitments crosscutting the artist's oeuvre. Mapplethorpe and the Flower is a recuperative effort- one that seeks to locate persistent threads running through the artist's seemingly disparate aesthetic and conceptual investigations.
Call Number: Ebook
Dorothea Lange: Aperture Masters of PhotographyDorothea Lange (1895-1965) documented rural poverty for the federal Resettlement Administration and Farm Security Administration from 1935 to 1939. Her powerful images--from migrant workers in California fleeing the "dustbowl," to struggling Southern sharecroppers-- became icons of the era. She later photographed Japanese Americans in internment camps during World War II and traveled throughout Europe and Asia. This book presents 42 of the greatest images from throughout Lange's career, including some of her work done abroad. She possessed the ability, as she put it, to photograph "things as they are" and through this her photographs give us "more about the subjects than just the faces." It is no wonder that Edward Steichen called her the greatest documentary photographer in the United States. Linda Gordon contributes a new biographical essay and an image-by-image commentary to accompany a newly selected set of photographs. A professor of humanities and history at New York University, she has written at length on Dorothea Lange. Her 2009 book, "Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits," won the Bancroft Prize. "Lange's work defines an era of destitution and drought, and still resonates even now. This is the perfect introduction to one of the world's greatest photojournalists."--"Practical Photography, "from a review of the original edition.
Call Number: 770.92 L274L1 2014
Airborne by Lois GreenfieldFor more than 20 years Lois Greenfield has been dazzling the dance world with the spectacular imagery of modern and post-modern dance, and has created a photographic style which has in recent years spawned a host of imitators. Unlike the majority of dance photographers, who are confined to rehearsals and the stage, Greefield works in her studio, where she has a more complete control of her art. This book features Greenfield's new work, produced since 1992, and is her second book with William A. Ewing. Images show moments of actual dances, interpretations of a particular choreographer's style, or Greenfield's own photochoreography - movements and gestures made by the dancers to follow the photographer's directions. Finally, some are free-spirited collaborations in which both photographer and dancer work towards dynamic results.
Call Number: 770.92 G812G 1998
Lewis Hine : Photographer and American ProgressiveNearly 80 years after his death, Lewis Hine's name is revered in the world of photography and practically synonymous with the labor reforms of the Progressive Era. His body of work--much of it a century old or more--remains vital as both aesthetic statement and social document. Drawing on a range of sources, including information from surviving family members, this first full-length illustrated biography presents a detailed and personal portrait of the sociologist and photographer whose haunting images of children at work in cotton mills and coal mines sparked the movement to end child labor, culminating with the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. There are 62 of his penetrating photographs included.
Call Number: Ebook
Annie Leibovitz at Work“The first thing I did with my very first camera was climb Mt. Fuji. Climbing Mt. Fuji is a lesson in determination and moderation. It would be fair to ask if I took the moderation part to heart. But it certainly was a lesson in respecting your camera. If I was going to live with this thing, I was going to have to think about what that meant. There were not going to be any pictures without it." —Annie Leibovitz Annie Leibovitz describes how her pictures were made, starting with Richard Nixon's resignation, a story she covered with Hunter S. Thompson, and ending with Barack Obama's campaign. In between are a Rolling Stones Tour, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, The Blues Brothers, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Keith Haring, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Patti Smith, George W. Bush, William S. Burroughs, Kate Moss and Queen Elizabeth. The most celebrated photographer of our time discusses portraiture, reportage, fashion photography, lighting, and digital cameras.
Call Number: 770.92 L525L2 2008
Illuminations by Joyce TennesonIn this volume, photographer Joyce Tenneson presents ethereal portraits of the human body, expanding on past themes, working increasingly with combined imagery, and creating multi-panel images which incorporate architectural and sculptural details.
Call Number: 770.92 T297T 1997
Irving Penn : a career in photographyTrained as an artist, Irving Penn began photographing for Vogue in the 1940s, going on to become a versatile and accomplished image-maker. His photographs vary from portraits of the native peoples of Peru, New Guinea and Morocco to those of artists and writers, from stylish fashion editorials to nudes, and from still lifes of trash to gravity-defying still-lifes of Clinique cosmetics.