The fourth edition of this comprehensive history of photography spans the entire history of the medium, from its early development to current practice, and provides a focused understanding of the cultural contexts in which photographers have lived and worked. Mary Warner Marien discusses photography from a truly global viewpoint and examines a wide-range of images through the lenses of art, science, travel, war, fashion, the mass media, and individual photographers. Professional, amateur,and art photographers are all represented, with "Portrait" boxes devoted to highlighting important individuals and "Focus" boxes charting particular cultural debates. This indispensable book shows how photography has charted, shaped, and sharpened our perception of the world.
About the Author
Mary Warner Marien is Professor Emerita in the Department of Fine Arts at Syracuse University, New York. She won an Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writer Award in 2008 and is the author of Photography and Its Critics and 100 Ideas that Changed Photography as well as many articles on photography.