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Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen
Fred Ritchin

The older paradigm for photojournalists was to simply record events, with the hope―and frequently the expectation―that people and their governments would be moved to respond to the injustices pictured; as witnessed by the impact of certain images during the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War. Given evolving media and political climates, however, including the billions of images now available online from all kinds of sources, the purpose and effectiveness of media, in particular of visual journalism, has been called into question.
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Words Not Spent Today Buy Smaller Images Tomorrow: Essays on the Present and Future of Photography
David Levi Strauss

At this transitional moment in the field of photography, how should we consider what is to come for the medium? Can its past and present practitioners help guide us, both as creators and as observers? David Levi Strauss—eminent author, critic and teacher—rises to the challenge of these questions and more in “Words Not Spent Today Buy Smaller Images Tomorrow: Essays on the Present and Future of Photography.” In the course of 25 essays, some of which appear for the first time in this volume, Strauss discusses the work of artists who provoke us with revealing, clear-eyed investigations of the ostensibly patent world in front of us, and others who transport us to new realms, poetic and unreal.
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The Question Concerning Technology, and Other Essays
Martin Heidegger

The advent of machine technology has given rise to some of the deepest problems of modern thought. Featuring the essay “The Question Concerning Technology,” this volume contains Martin Heidegger’s groundbreaking investigation into the pervasive “enframing” character of our understanding of us and the world.
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The Routledge Companion to Photography and Visual Culture
Moritz Neumüller

A seminal reference source for the ever-changing field of photography. Comprising a range of essays written by experts and scholars from across the globe, this book examines the medium’s history, central issues, and future. The essays explore the current debates surrounding the photograph as object, art, document, propaganda, truth, selling tool, and universal language; the continual technological development reshaping the field; photography as a tool of representation and control, and more, in this time of unprecedented image consumerism.
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Understanding a Photograph
John Berger

John Berger’s writings on photography are some of the most original of the twentieth century. This selection contains many groundbreaking essays and previously uncollected pieces written for exhibitions and catalogues in which Berger probes the work of photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and W. Eugene Smith – and the lives of those photographed – with fierce engagement, intensity and tenderness.The selection is made and introduced by Geoff Dyer, author of the award-winning The Ongoing Moment. How do we see the world around us? This is one of a number of pivotal works by creative thinkers whose writings on art, design and the media have changed our vision for ever.
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by Jorge Luis Borges, Donald A. Yates (Ed), James E. Irby (Ed), William Gibson (Intro), André Maurois

This new edition of Labyrinths), includes the text of the original edition (as augmented in 1964) as well as Irby’s biographical and critical essay, a poignant tribute by André Maurois, and a chronology of the author’s life. Borges enthusiast William Gibson has contributed a new introduction bringing Borges’ influence and importance into the twenty-first century.
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