Автор Victor Burgin (Editor)
Год издания 1982
Раздел каталога Теория фотографии
Thinking Photography, like other books in this scries, brings debates within the theory and practice of communications and culture, in this case in photography and photography- criticism, to a wider audience. Victor Burgin's book is concerned with the production of meaning in photographsfand so it is fully illustrated). A photograph has traditionally been understood as an expression of the photographer's personality, a transparent presentation of a real scene, or more recently in ‘modernist’ criticism as a purely formal object. Victor Burgin and his collaborators - Umberto Eco. Allan Sekula, John Tagg and Simon Watney - taking their cue from Walter Benjamin’s ‘The Author as Producer' (also reprinted here), and working from a wide range of photographs, challenge the concept of the autonomous, spontaneously creative artist, the idea of documentary truth in photography and the notion of purely visual languages. They develop an account of the production of the meaning of a photograph within social institutions - advertising, journalism, art - within a society with a history and within the unconscious. Victor Burgin is Senior Lecturer in History and Theory of the Visual Arts at the City of London University School of Communication. Educated at the Royal College of Art and at Yale, he has recently held arts fellowships in New York and Berlin, and in 1980 was Picker Professor of Fine Arts at Colgate University, New York. His first book was Work and Commentary and his well-known photographic work has been exhibited at the Tate Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Art Institute of Chicago.