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Pages: 98

Language: English

Publisher: MIT Press; Reprint edition (19 Feb. 2016)

By: Jerry L. Thompson(Author)

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Photography matters, writes Jerry Thompson, because of how it works -- not only as an artistic medium but also as a way of knowing. With this provocative observation, Thompson begins a wide-ranging and lucid meditation on why photography is unique among the picture-making arts. He constructs an argument that moves with natural logic from Thomas Pynchon (and why we read him for his vision and not his command of miscellaneous facts) to Jonathan Swift to Plato to Emily Dickinson (who wrote "Tell all the Truth but tell it slant") to detailed readings of photographs by Eugene Atget, Garry Winogrand, Marcia Due, Walker Evans, and Robert Frank. Forcefully and persuasively, he argues for photography as a medium whose business is not constructing fantasies pleasing to the eye or imagination, but describing the world in the toughest and deepest way.

Jerry L. Thompson is a working photographer who also writes about photography. He worked as Walker Evans's principal assistant from 1973 to Evans's death in 1975. He is the author of The Last Years of Walker Evans and Truth and Photography.


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  • By BillHerschel on 3 January 2017

    As the title suggests, the book is a polemic. It's written in a rather rushed style and there are many assertions. There is no reference to the late John Berger's work or Geoff Dyer's 'the ongoing moment'. Berger, for instance, usefully analyses the difference between photography and art.Thompson on the other hand rather lamely states ' For reasons too complex and far-reaching to attempt to discuss here, we tend to define any field of interest in terms of dominant personalities'. (p56). Having cited 'Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before' without citing the author, I find it difficult to accept the arguments and assertions made by Thompson when there are some excellent books on photography which are ignored.Ultimately I was seeking some new ways of seeing photographs. I was disappointed.

  • By L. Spencer on 21 July 2014

    Complex aesthetic issues are dealt with in clear, thoughtful prose. The sections dealing with theory and philosophy are well worth reading. Thompson offers a really clear account of the move to more subjective and arty modes of photography. Towards the end of the book Thompson moves on to a kind of advocacy of a style of photography embodied by his erstwhile mentor, Walker Evans. However sympathetic one is to his perspective, this section is less than compelling.

  • By Drinckx on 28 October 2015

    Why photography matters? Because without it, I might have to retrain as a social worker. BTW, I have nothing against social workers.

  • By Isherwood on 25 April 2015

    Excellent Book, Many thanks

  • By Guest on 21 April 2016

    Great book.

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