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Why Photography Matters

by Jerry L. Thompson

Part of the The MIT Press Series

Why Photography Matters Synopsis

A lucid and wide-ranging meditation on why photography is unique among the picture-making arts. Photography matters, writes Jerry Thompson, because of how it works-not only as an artistic medium but also as a way of knowing. With this provocative observation, Thompson begins a wide-ranging and lucid meditation on why photography is unique among the picture-making arts. He constructs an argument that moves with natural logic from Thomas Pynchon (and why we read him for his vision and not his command of miscellaneous facts) to Jonathan Swift to Plato to Emily Dickinson (who wrote Tell all the Truth but tell it slant ) to detailed readings of photographs by Eugene Atget, Garry Winogrand, Marcia Due, Walker Evans, and Robert Frank. Forcefully and persuasively, he argues for photography as a medium whose business is not constructing fantasies pleasing to the eye or imagination, but describing the world in the toughest and deepest way.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780262529013
Publication date: 20th November 2015
Author: Jerry L. Thompson
Publisher: MIT Press an imprint of MIT Press Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 98 pages
Categories: Photography & photographs,

About Jerry L. Thompson

Jerry L. Thompson is a working photographer who also writes about photography. He worked as Walker Evans's principal assistant from 1973 to Evans's death in 1975. He is the author of The Last Years of Walker Evans and Truth and Photography.

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