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Criticizing Photographs: An Introduction to Understanding Images

Criticizing Photographs: An Introduction to Understanding Images
Author: Terry Barrett
ISBN 13: 9780072977431
ISBN 10: 72977434
Edition: 4
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
Publication Date: 2005-07-21
Format: Paperback
Pages: 312
List Price: N/A

This brief text is designed to help both beginning and advanced students of photography better develop and articulate thoughtful criticism. Organized around the major activities of criticism (describing, interpreting, evaluating, and theorizing), Criticizing Photographs provides a clear framework and vocabulary for students' critical skill development. The fourth edition includes new black and white and color images, updated commentary, a completely revised chapter on theory that offers a broad discussion of digital images, and an expanded chapter eight on studio critiques and writing about photographs, plus examples of student writing and critique.


Focusing on writings rather than images, Barrett (art education, Ohio State U.) shows beginning and experienced photography students how to use criticism to further their own understanding of photography. The chapters focus on description, interpretation, evaluation, and theory and provide a sound basis for anyone to begin to look at photographs with a more critical eye, and to appreciate descriptions of exhibits and shows. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)