Sep 22, 2019
Singular Images: Essays on Remarkable Photographs
Posted by Sophie Howarth Geoffrey Batchen

Spanning 170 years, from William Henry Fox Talbot s first negative to Jeff Wall s latest constructed tableau, Singular Images collects thought provoking essays on individual photographs, one image per writer The essayists consider, sometimes in highly personal ways, the artist s intention, their own response, the work s technical complexities, its historical context or itSpanning 170 years, from William Henry Fox Talbot s first negative to Jeff Wall s latest constructed tableau, Singular Images collects thought provoking essays on individual photographs, one image per writer The essayists consider, sometimes in highly personal ways, the artist s intention, their own response, the work s technical complexities, its historical context or its formal properties Each text captures a sense of how challenging it is to create a perfect single piece Art photography has been increasingly well surveyed in recent years, but individual works have rarely been written about at length, perhaps because of lingering doubt that a single photograph can command the kind of sustained attention often given to individual paintings or sculptures Singular Images is a lively inquiry into the value of analyzing individual photographs, and it persuasively encourages the reader to engage at length and in depth with one remarkable piece at a time With its broad scope and diverse range of issues, it can also be read as an informal and thoroughly entertaining introduction to art photography Featuring essays by some of the most brilliant critical minds in the field, including David Campany on Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp, Darsie Alexander on Nan Goldin and Liz Jobey on Diane Arbus.

  • Title: Singular Images: Essays on Remarkable Photographs
  • Author: Sophie Howarth Geoffrey Batchen
  • ISBN: 9781597110174
  • Page: 232
  • Format: Paperback
  • Singular Images Essays on Remarkable Photographs Spanning years from William Henry Fox Talbot s first negative to Jeff Wall s latest constructed tableau Singular Images collects thought provoking essays on individual photographs one image per

    Helen

    This was a great book consisting of a series of essays on eleven (mostly) iconic photographers via a discussion of one of their photographs (which is of course reproduced in the book). The essays were almost always engrossing, and for me at least, eye-opening in terms of providing context on the lives of many photographers that I'm familiar with but didn't know that much about. I knew about Julia Margaret Cameron since childhood - one Christmas I was given a datebook illustrated with reproductio [...]


    Alison Tyne

    Great way to learn how to examine and critique work thoroughly. Each selected image included an essay that described the work visually, placed it in historical context, and examined the artist's intentions and surrounding bodies of work. Very useful for those who want to improve how they read and analyze images and place them on a historical, photographic and cultural timeline.


    Dan

    There were some good essays in here. Obviously, some were better than others. I enjoyed learning about Thomas Struth and want to see more of his work. Nan Goldin's work is also interesting and I want to see the slideshow The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. Martin Parr and Bill Brandt are two I want to investigate further as well.



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