Photography : a cultural history / Mary Warner Marien.

Marien, Mary Warner [Browse]
4th edition.
London : Laurence King Publishing, 2020.
xv, 552 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm


Summary note
"Spanning the entire history of the medium, from its early development to current practice, and providing a focused understanding of the cultural contexts in which photographers have lived and worked throughout, this remains an all-encompassing survey. Mary Warner Marien discusses photography from a truly global viewpoint and looks at a wide-ranging collection of images through the lenses of art, science, travel, war, fashion, the mass media and individual photographers. In addition to representing the established canon of Europe and the United States, key work from Latin America, Africa, India, Russia, China and Japan is also included. Professional, amateur and art photographers are all discussed, with Portrait boxes devoted to highlighting important individuals and Focus boxes charting particular cultural debates. New additions to this fourth edition include an overview of photography's involvement in conceptual art, a detailed review of the photographic work of artist Ed Ruscha and new material on European Worker Photography during the 1920s and 30s. Many new pictures have been added throughout the book, including superior versions of historical photographs and recent images from contemporary photographers, including Walead Beshty, Youssef Nabil, Lalla Essaydi and Ryan McGinley. A rich and vivid account of the history of photography placed in an essential cultural context, this indispensable book shows how photography has charted, shaped and sharpened our perception of the world."-- Back cover.
"Second, third, and fourth editions published by Pearson Education, in USA, 2007, 2011, 2015. This fourth edition re-issued by Laurence King Publishing in USA 2020." -- Title page verso.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 541-544) and index.
  • Part One. Photography's double invention. The origins of photography (to 1839) ; The second invention of photography (1839-1854)
  • Part Two. The expanding domain (1854-1880). Popular photography and the aims of art ; Imaging of the social world ; Science and social science
  • Part Three. Photography and modernity (1880-1918). The great divide ; Modern life
  • Part Four. A new vision (1918-1945). Art and the age of mass media ; Documentary expression and popular photography
  • Part Five. Through the lens of culture (1945-1975). The human family ; The Cold War era
  • Part Six. Convergences (1975 to the present). Globalism, technology, and social change ; The culture of critique ; Into the twenty-first century.
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