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by Schuyler Conway

This article, "Sun-Strokes," from the January 1862 issue of The Knickerbocker magazine, describes early reaction to the invention of photography. 

A Companion to Photography

by Stephen Bull

The study of photography has never been more important. A look at today's digital world reveals that a greater number of photographs are being taken each day than at any other moment in history. Countless photographs...

Gerry Badger: The Pleasures of Good Photographs

by Gerry Badger

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

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,...

A Tyrannous Eye

by Pearl Amelia McHaney

A Tyrannous Eye: Eudora Welty’s Nonfiction and Photographs is the first book-length study of Eudora Welty’s full range of achievements in nonfiction and photography. A preeminent Welty scholar, Pearl Amelia...

The Gift of the Face

by Shamoon Zamir

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

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

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

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...