Isms: Understanding Photography

Author(s): Emma Lewis


Isms: Understanding Photography packs an enormous amount of detail into a handy, attractive guide tracing the evolution of photography through a series of interconnected trends, groups, themes and movements - from the invention of the photographic process to the post-internet age. Organised chronologically, this is a uniquely international, comprehensive guide to photography with concise, readable and jargon-free but scholarly insight into major photographers, movements and themes of the past 170 years. In an age where photography is of more resonance and interest than ever before, Isms: Understanding Photography offers an in-depth and clear exposition of photography for the interested general reader or student.


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Clear and concise, this pocket-sized introduction to photography is perfect for the general reader and student, covering key trends and movements from the nineteenth century to the present day.

Emma Lewis is Assistant Curator at Tate Modern, London, UK, where she has worked on photographic acquisitions, curated collection displays - including Italian Modernist Photography (2014) and Otto Steinert (2015) - and is currently researching a major monographic photography exhibition opening in Spring 2017. Prior to joining Tate, she managed the archive of late photographer Terence Donovan and spent three years in the Department of Photographs at Phillips, London. Emma contributes to Photomonitor and Tate ETC. and has written catalogue essays for a number of artists and photographers.

Introduction How to Use this Book Section 1: The Invention of Photography & the Recording of the World: 1826-1910s Section 2: Into the Modern: 1850s-1930s Section 3: Society & Humanity: 1930s-70s Section 4: The Postmodern: 1950s-90s Section 5: Contemporary Photography: 1980s- List of Photographers Chronology of Isms Glossary of Useful Terms List of Collections Photographic Credits

General Fields

  • : 9781474277594
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • : Bloomsbury Visual Arts
  • : February 2017
  • : 200mm X 135mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Emma Lewis
  • : Paperback
  • : Feb-17
  • : English
  • : 770
  • : 160
  • : 100 colour illus