The Handbook of Photography Studies is a state-of-the-art overview of the field of photography studies, examining its thematic interests, dynamic research methodologies and multiple scholarly directions. It is a source of well-informed, analytical and reflective discussions of all the main subjects that photography scholars have been concerned with as well as a rigorous study of the field’s persistent expansion at a time when digital technology regularly boosts our exposure to new and historical photographs alike.
Split into five core parts, the Handbook analyses the field’s histories, theories and research strategies; discusses photography in academic disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts; draws out the main concerns of photographic scholarship; interrogates photography’s cultural and geopolitical influences; and examines photography’s multiple uses and continued changing faces. Each part begins with an introductory text, giving historical contextualization and scholarly orientation.
Featuring the work of international experts, and offering diverse examples, insights and discussions of the field’s rich historiography, the Handbook provides critical guidance to the most recent research in photography studies. This pioneering and comprehensive volume presents a systematic synopsis of the subject that will be an invaluable resource for photography researchers and students from all disciplinary backgrounds in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Photography Studies’ Prehistory, Formation and Evolution, Gil Pasternak Part I: Histories and Approaches: Studying Photography in Shifting Academic Landscapes, Gil Pasternak 1. A Canonical History of Photography, Marta Braun 2. The Social History of Photography, Douglas Nickel 3. The Eye-Witness of Humanity: Changing Approaches to Photography’s Relationship to Society and Culture, Melissa Miles 4. Photographic Itineraries in Time and Space: Photographs as Material Objects, Costanza Caraffa 5. Forces and Forms: Theories and Methods in the History of Photography, Jae Emerling Part II: Inter/disciplinary Concerns Disciplining Photography and Reframing Disciplinary Interests, Gil Pasternak 6. Photography in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: Intersections, Research Modes and Prospects, Luc Pauwels 7. After Photography as Contemporary Art, Benedict Burbridge 8. Photography After Philosophy, Daniel Rubinstein 9. Photography and the Business of Doing History, Elizabeth Edwards 10. Archaeology and Photography, Christina Riggs Part III: Issues and Debates: Enduring Concerns in Photography Studies, Gil Pasternak 11. Politics and Photography: Being Together, With Photographs, Gil Pasternak 12. Photography and the Making of Modern Science, Jennifer Tucker 13. Photography as a Cultural Industry: A Historical-Theoretical Overview, Paul Frosh 14. Site of Ongoing Struggle: Race and Gender in Studies of Photography, Sarah Parsons 15. Objects of Denigration and Desire: Taking the Amateur Photographer Seriously, Annebella Pollen 16. Photography Meets Social Media: Image Making and Sharing in a Continually Networked Present, Martin Hand Part IV: Culture and Geopolitics: Global and Local Forces in Photography Studies, Gil Pasternak 17. Australian Photographic Histories after Colonialism, Jane Lydon 18. Beyond Orientalism: Towards a History of Indigenista Photography in the Arab World, Stephen Sheehi 19. Photography’s Appearances in China, Oliver Moore 20. From Authenticity to Intimacy: Practicing Photography and Studying its History in Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, Eva Pluharová-Grigiene 21. Photographic Histories and Practices in Southern Africa, Darren Newbury 22. American Photographic Indicators: Addressing the Photo-Political State of a Contested Union, Louis Kaplan Part V: Uses and Interactions: Photography’s Changing Faces, Gil Pasternak 23. Viewing and Display: Pre-photography to the 1970s, Margaret Denny 24. Representing News with Photographs: A Visual Economy, Thierry Gervais 25. Photographs at/of/and Museums, Susan A. Crane 26. “Working Objects in Their Own Time”: Photographs in Archives, Joan M. Schwartz 27. Domestic Collections, Martha Langford 28. Future Technology in Photography: From Capture to Use of Images, David Frohlich
Gil Pasternak is Reader in Social and Political Photographic Cultures in the Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC) at De Montfort University (UK). A member of the advisory board for the journals Photography & Culture and Jewish Film & New Media, earlier in life he worked as photojournalist, photography archivist and fine art photographer, and in 2016 he was consultant for the BBC film Smile! The Nation’s Family Album (2017).
‘This is a book designed for twenty-first-century students, one that will prepare them to ask well- informed, timely questions about the medium’s histories and historiography.’
--Tanya Sheehan, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Art, Colby College, USA
‘This book is a most useful contribution to the study of photography, with many excellent contributions. Chapters are much more substantial than is usual with works of this type, allowing authors to explore their topics in some depth and explore a range of approaches. Pasternak has done a wonderful job.’
--Steve Edwards, Professor of History and Theory of Photography, Co-Director of the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre, Birkbeck, University of London, UK