QUESTIONS FOR ESSAYS AND
CLASS DISCUSSION

INTRODUCTION
What is genre?

1 HISTORY
Is a photograph a document that we can draw upon for historical research?
Is ‘history’ the process of historical events or the representation of those events?
Why invent photography?
What is the aim of the ‘history of photography’?

2 PHOTOGRAPHY THEORY
What is a ‘theory’ of photography?
How do photographs achieve meanings?
What is the importance of codes and conventions?
Choose a photograph and make an analysis of its potential meanings.

3 DOCUMENTARY & STORY-TELLING
What is a documentary photograph?
Is there a difference between a photograph as ‘document’ and ‘social documentary’ photography?
Can a single picture tell a complex story?
Is the decisive moment about ‘freezing time’ or triggering an implied narrative?
What kind of stories do documentary photographs describe?

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations ix
  • Acknowledgements xi
  • Introduction 1
  • 1- History 8
  • 2- Photography Theory 24
  • 3- Documentary and Story-Telling 45
  • 4- Looking at Portraits 67
  • 5- in the Landscape 89
  • 6- The Rhetoric of Still Life 111
  • 7- Art Photography 129
  • 8- Global Photography 147
  • Questions for Essays and Class Discussion 163
  • Annotated Guide for Further Reading 167
  • Notes 171
  • Select Bibliography 183
  • Index 191
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