Seizing the Light: A Social & Aesthetic History of Photography delivers the story of how photography as an art form came into being, and its continued development, maturity, and transformation. Covering the major events, practitioners, works, and social effects of photographic practice, author Robert Hirsch provides a concise chronological account of Western photography. This fundamental starting place shows the diversity of makers, inventors, issues, and applications, exploring the artistic, critical, and social aspects of the creative process. The third edition includes up-to-date information about contemporary photographers like Cindy Sherman and Yang Yongliang, and comprehensive coverage of the digital revolution, including the rise of mobile photography, the citizen as journalist, and the role of social media. Illustrated with full-color images, written in an accessible style, this book is perfect for students newly engaging with the practice of photography and for experienced photographers wanting to contextualize their own work.
Seizing the Light: A Social & Aesthetic History of Photography
Published by Focal Press