An all-encompassing introduction to photography that illuminates the dynamic role and character of this art form


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David Bate


In a brand-new approach, this book presents photography in all its principal forms of experience, to portray the unique characteristics of this accessible and universally appealing medium.

Arranged chronologically, legendary photographs are discussed alongside photobooks that represent a significant contribution towards photography, as well as important exhibitions that marked a shift in outlook, values and approach. In art history, particular works are usually cited as examples of specific styles; here photographs are given as indicative of art movements, which often developed precisely because of these examples. Among the works included are many that have had a profound impact across the globe, so circumventing or at least weakening the usual European-American emphasis. This guide is an inclusive and diverse account of the contributions of photographers from around the world from the birth of photography to the present day.

Featuring stunning reproductions throughout with short essays and key references on each work by the widely respected photography academic and specialist David Bate, this title is set to become one of the definitive references on the subject and will appeal not only to readers seeking an introduction, but also to those more familiar with the medium.

With 110 illustrations in colour

Additional information

Weight 416 g
Dimensions 14 x 21.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 23 September 2021
Number of pages 176
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 14 x 21.5 cm
Weight 416 g


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David Bate is Professor of Photography at the University of Westminster, London. He has published several books and articles on photography, and is co-editor of the journal Photographies.