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Why It Does Not Have To Be In Focus By Jackie Higgins

Why It Does Not Have To Be In Focus by Jackie Higgins

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Choosing 100 key photographs, the author examines what inspired each photographer in the first place, and traces how the piece was executed. She brings to light the layers of meaning and artifice behind these singular works, some of which were initially dismissed out of hand for being blurred.

Why It Does Not Have To Be In Focus Summary

Why It Does Not Have To Be In Focus: Modern Photography Explained by Jackie Higgins

Why take a self-portrait but obscure your face with a lightbulb (Lee Friedlander, Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts (1968)? Or deliberately underexpose an image (Vera Lutter, Battersea Power Station, XI: July 13 , 2004)? And why photograph a ceiling (William Eggleston, Red Ceiling , 1973)? In Why It Does Not Have To Be In Focus , Jackie Higgins offers a lively, informed defence of modern photography. Choosing 100 key photographs - with particular emphasis on the last twenty years - she examines what inspired each photographer in the first place, and traces how the piece was executed. In doing so, she brings to light the layers of meaning and artifice behind these singular works, some of which were initially dismissed out of hand for being blurred, overexposed or 'badly' composed. The often controversial works discussed in this book play with our expectations of a photograph, our ingrained tendency to believe that it is telling us the unadorned truth. Jackie Higgins's book proves once and for all that there's much more to the art of photography than just pointing and clicking.

Why It Does Not Have To Be In Focus Reviews

'A great book - inventive, and persuasively argued' - Amateur Photographer
'If you're after a pocket primer in contemporary art photography, 'Why It Does Not Have to Be In Focus' offers an incisive starting point' - Daily Telegraph

About Jackie Higgins

Jackie Higgins is a writer, journalist and filmmaker whose work embraces a range of subjects. She was a contributing writer to Photography: The Whole Story, also published by Thames & Hudson.

Table of Contents

Introduction * 1. Portraits: Smile * 2. Document: Snap * 3. Narrative: Action * 4. Still Lives: Freeze * 5. Abstracts: Dissolve * 6. Landscapes: Look

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GOR009071665
9780500290958
0500290954
Why It Does Not Have To Be In Focus: Modern Photography Explained by Jackie Higgins
Used - Like New
Paperback
Thames & Hudson Ltd
2013-09-01
224
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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