Paper $32.00 ISBN: 9781789141450 Published December 2019 For sale in North and South America only

Photography and War

Pippa Oldfield

Photography and War

Pippa Oldfield

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216 pages | 100 color plates, 20 halftones | 7 1/2 x 8 3/4
Paper $32.00 ISBN: 9781789141450 Published December 2019 For sale in North and South America only
There are countless books on war photography, most of them focusing on dramatic images made by photojournalists in combat zones. Photography and War instead proposes a radically expanded notion of war photography, one that encompasses a far broader terrain of geographies, chronologies, practices, and viewpoints. Pippa Oldfied considers photography’s fundamental role in military reconnaissance, propaganda, and protest, as well as the exposure of war crimes and the memorialization of war, among other themes. While iconic images by well-known names such as Roger Fenton and Robert Capa are included, the viewpoints of people who have historically been overlooked—women and photographers from diasporic and non-Western backgrounds—are significantly gathered here. As a result, this book offers a nuanced and more inclusive understanding of war as a far-reaching undertaking in which anyone might be implicated and affected.

Richly illustrated, with some photos published for the first time, Photography and War offers an accessible and well-rounded introduction to photography’s perhaps most contested, complex, and emotive subject.
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Stuart Allan, author of "Citizen Witnessing" and professor of journalism, media, and culture, Cardiff University
"A vivid, perceptive inquiry into how and why photography and war have been so closely intertwined from the mid-1800s onwards. Important issues and debates are examined in compelling detail, affording today’s reader a rich understanding of historical evolutions in photographic form and practice, and why these transformations matter for current efforts to reimagine war photography anew. Highly recommended."
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