100 Ideas that Changed Photography

By Mary Warner Marien

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  • Paperback
  • 266 illustrations
  • 216 pages
  • 270 x 210 mm
  • ISBN 9781856697965
  • Published October 2012

This compelling book chronicles the most influential ideas that have shaped photography from the invention of the daguerreotype in the early 19th century up to the digital revolution and beyond. Entertaining and intelligent, it provides a fascinating resource to dip into.

Arranged in a broadly chronological order to show the development of photography, the ideas that comprise the book include innovative concepts, cultural and social incidents, technologies and movements. Each idea is presented through lively text and arresting visuals, and explores when the idea first evolved and its subsequent impact on photography.

About the Author

Mary Warner Marien is Professor Emerita in the Department of Fine Arts at Syracuse University, New York. She continues to lecture in the United States and Europe and in 2008 won an Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writer award for her continuing work on the history and theory of documentary photography. She is the author of Photography and its Critics (Cambridge University Press, 1997) and 100 Ideas that Changed Photography (Laurence King, 2012) as well as numerous articles on photography.

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No.1 The camera Obscura 8 / No.2 The latent Image 10 / No.3 Direct Positive images 12 / No.4 Negative/Positive 14 / No.5 The daguerreotype 16 / No.6 Exploration 18 / No.7 The calotype 20 / No.8 The Nude 22 / No.9 The lens 24 / No.10 The Shutter 26 / No.11 Aesthetics 28 / No.12 The cyanotype 30 / No.13 Collodion 32 / No.14 Cropping 34 / No.15 The darkroom 36 / No.16 Painting the Picture 38 / No.17 The stereoscope 40 / No.18 The View 42 / No.19 War 44 / No.20 Moving Pictures 46 / No.21 Enlargement 48 / No.22 Supports 50 / No.23 Colour 52 / No.24 Photo-sculpture 54 / No.25 Moralizing 56 / No.26 The acadÉmie 58 / No.27 Cartes de visite 60 / No.28 The gum Bichromate Process 62 / No.29 Platinum Prints 64 / No.30 Pinhole cameras 66 / No.31 Likeness 68 / No.32 The tintype 70 / No.33 Evidence 72 / No.34 Evolution 74 / No.35 Albumen Paper 76 / No.36 Narrative 78 / No.37 Backgrounds 80 / No.38 Leisure Travel 82 / No.39 Photographic Societies 84 / No.40 Photo-Sharing 86 / No.41 Gelatin Silver Prints 88 / No.42 Small Cameras 90 / No.43 Tabloids 92 / No.44 The autochrome 94 / No.45 Postcards 96 / No.46 Projection 98 / No.47 Artificial Light 100 / No.48 Focus 102 / No.49 Stopping time 104 / No.50 Halftone 106 / No.51 Roll Film 108 / No.52 Sequences 110 / No.53 Image Factories 112 / No.54 Aerial Photography 114 / No.55 Macro/Micro 116 / No.56 The People’s Art 118 / No.57 The photo-secession 120 / No.58 Equivalents 122 / No.59 Collecting 124 / No.60 Pictures that Sell 126 / No.61 Photographic Agencies 128 / No.62 The SLR 130 / No.63 The Decisive Moment 132 / No.64 Multiple exposures 134 / No.65 Photo Booths 136 / No.66 Photojournalism 138 / No.67 Abstraction 140 / No.68 Straight Photography 142 / No.69 Cameras for Kids 144 / No.70 Solarization 146 / No.71 Sporting Scenes 148 / No.72 Image Objects 150 / No.73 Film und Foto 152 / No.74 The photogram 154 / No.75 Cut-and-paste 156 / No.76 Fashion 158 / No.77 Self-Portrait 160 / No.78 Glamour 162 / No.79 Documentary Expression 164 / No.80 The Outsider 166 / No.81 The Street 168 / No.82 Invisible Light 170 / No.83 The Surreal 172 / No.84 The polaroid 174 / No.85 Kodachrome 176 / No.86 Television 178 / No.87 New Topographics 180 / No.88 Photo-realism 182 / No.89 Outskirts and Enclaves 184 / No.90 The snapshot aesthetic 186 / No.91 The Theoretical Turn 188 / No.92 Camera Phones 190 / No.93 Fabricated to be Photographed 192 / No.94 Concrete Photography 194 / No.95 Photo-conceptualism 196 / No.96 The Photographer’s Eye 198 / No.97 Appropriation 200 / No.98 Photo/Video 202 / No.99 Digital Photography

'100 Ideas that Changed Photography … is an inspiring book that chronicles the most influential ideas that have shaped photography. Arranged in a broadly chronological order to show the development of photography, the ideas that comprise 100 Ideas that Changed Photography include innovative concepts, cultural and social incidents, technologies and movements. Each idea is presented through lively text and arresting visuals, and explores when the idea first evolved and its subsequent impact on photography.'
Mark Goldstein, Photography Blog

'A concise and intelligent chronicle of the most seminal developments in the history of today's most prevalent visual art.'
Maria Popova, Brain Pickings