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PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE ART OF CHANCE. Robin Kelsey. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 2015. 416 pp. with 71 ills. (11 col.). 25 x 17 cm. LC 2014-40717 ISBN 9780674744004 In English.
Publisher's description: Photography has a unique relationship to chance. Anyone who has wielded a camera has taken a picture ruined by an ill-timed blink or enhanced by an unexpected gesture or expression. Although this proneness to chance may amuse the casual photographer, Robin Kelsey points out that historically it has been a mixed blessing for those seeking to make photographic art. On the one hand, it has weakened the bond between maker and picture, calling into question what a photograph can be said to say. On the other hand, it has given photography an extraordinary capacity to represent the unpredictable dynamism of modern life. By delving into these matters, Photography and the Art of Chance transforms our understanding of photography and the work of some of its most brilliant practitioners. The effort to make photographic art has involved a call and response across generations. From the introduction of photography in 1839 to the end of the analog era, practitioners such as William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Alfred Stieglitz, Frederick Sommer, and John Baldessari built upon and critiqued one another's work in their struggle to reconcile aesthetic aspiration and mechanical process.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Photography
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 164218
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