Singular Images by Darsie Alexander

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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 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.
 

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Sophie Howarth was previously Curator of Public Programmes aSophie Howarth was previously Curator of Public Programmes atTate Modern, London. With Stephen McLaren, she co-curated OtTate Modern, London. With Stephen McLaren, she co-curated Onto the Streets, a 2006 British Council exhibition of work bnto the Streets, a 2006 British Council exhibition of work by contemporary London street photographers. y contemporary London street photographers. Darsie Alexander is Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at The Baltimore Museum of Art. Tom Eccles is Executive Director of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Rachel Harrison is an artist who lives and works in New York City and Eric Banks is former editor-in-chief of "Bookforum.
 
Published January 1, 2005 by Tate Publishing. 128 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, History. Non-fiction

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From the first photo ever taken, Latticed Window (with the Camera Obscura), August 1835, by William Henry Fox Talbot, to a recent work created using a blend of traditional photography and digital imaging (A view from an Apartment by Jeff Wall), the essays render photography as a hyper-accurate re...

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