This innovative text recounts the history of photography through a series of thematically structured chapters. Designed and written for students studying photography and its history, each chapter approaches its subject by introducing a range of international, contemporary photographers and then contextualizing their work in historical terms. 

The book offers students an accessible route to gain an understanding of the key genres, theories and debates that are fundamental to the study of this rich and complex medium. Individual chapters cover major topics, including: · Description and Abstraction · Truth and Fiction · The Body · Landscape · War · Politics of Representation · Form · Appropriation · Museums · The Archive · The Cinematic · Fashion Photography 

Boxed focus studies throughout the text offer short interviews, curatorial statements and reflections by photographers, critics and leading scholars that link photography's history with its practice. Short chapter summaries, research questions and further reading lists help to reinforce learning and promote discussion. Whether coming to the subject from an applied photography or art history background, students will benefit from this book's engaging, example-led approach to the subject, gaining a sophisticated understanding of international photography in historical terms.

chapter |7 pages


part One|48 pages


chapter 1|21 pages

Description and Abstraction

chapter 2|24 pages

Truth and Fiction

part Two|54 pages


chapter 3|23 pages

Measuring the Body

chapter 4|28 pages

Mapping the Land

part Three|47 pages


chapter 5|22 pages

Politics of Representation

chapter 6|23 pages

Pictures of War

part Four|47 pages


chapter 7|22 pages


chapter 8|23 pages


part Five|49 pages


chapter 9|24 pages


chapter 10|23 pages


part Six|45 pages

Expanded Field