The Photography Handbook
Series Editor: James Curran
Routledge – 1999 – 208 pages
Series: Media Practice
The Photography Handbook provides an introduction to the principles of photographic practice and theory and offers guidelines for the systematic study of photographic media. It explores the history of lens-based picture making and examines the mediums' characteristics, scope and limitations.
Equipping the reader with a vocabulary for photographic phenomena and helping develop visual awareness and visual literacy, The Photography Handbook will enable students to familiarize themselves with current theoretical viewpoints and to evolve critical frameworks for their own photographic practice.
The Photography Handbook includes:
* an analysis of photographic theory
* an introduction to conceptual skills necessary for photography
* the historical background and rationale for photographic representation
* the camera as a documentary tool
* interviews with editors, photographers, picture editors and readers
* the effect of new technologies on photographic practice and an exploration of the shift from analogue to digital imagery
* over seventy images.
'An ideal companion for students of photography, familiarizing them with current theoretical viewpoints and providing a framework for their own practice.' - The Art Book Review Quarterly Issue 31
'Introduces the principles of photography enabling the reader not only to gain a sound theoretical background, but also to develop a critical approach to the field of photographic practice.' - New Sabah Times, December 1999
Terence Wright spent ten years as a photographer. He taught at the National Film and Television School, was Reader in Media Arts at the University of Luton and is presently Visiting Research Fellow at Queen Elizabeth House and Associate Fellow of the Reuter Programme at the University of Oxford.