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What Photography Is

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Table of Contents

Preface 1. Writing 2. Selenite, Ice, Salt 3. From the Green River to the Brunswick Peninsula 4. A Drop of Water, World Trade Center Dust 5. The Rapatronic Camera 6. Lingqi

About the Author

James Elkins is E.C. Chadbourne Chair in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the author of Pictures and Tears, How to Use Your Eyes, Stories of Art, Visual Studies, Why Are Our Pictures Puzzles, Our Beautiful, Dry, and Distant Texts, On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art, and Master Narratives and Their Discontents, all published by Routledge. He is editor of Art History Versus Aesthetics, Photography Theory, Landscape Theory, The State of Art Criticism, and Visual Literacy, all published by Routledge.


"The most exciting feature for me of this fascinating book was its articulation of the importance of writing in our engagement with photography. Writing for Elkins means the capacity to elicit articulate intensity in the tracking of the intricate turns and balances that can, and should, take place in a mind responding to expressive non-discursive materials.a Here the distinctive feature of photography as a medium is not the punctum or the pursuit of sublimity but the photograph's powers for producing self-reflexive attention to how the work makes us see our own seeing--a power that is at risk when we become proud of the rhetorics that displace what the engagements of distinctive writing can bring to our attention." Charles Altieri, University of California, Berkeley "In an impassioned dialogue with Roland Barthes, Jim Elkins argues that photography is not 'about' representation and memory--those aspects of the Barthean punctum; rather, photography is 'at war with our attention.' If we focus on its essential materiality and physicality, photography shows us things we would often prefer not to see--the 'splotches and stains, cracks, unpleasant shadows, errant dust' in our natural environment as well as the human pain too hard to look at and yet unavoidably there. What is given by photography is the 'grainy substance of the world' in all its irritating contradictions, its 'displeasures'--the aporias that make the act of seeing itself so difficult. Elkins's disillusioned meditation on how photography actually works upon the viewer is as original as it is profound." Marjorie Perloff, author of Radical Artifice: Writing Poetry in the Age of Media and Unoriginal Genius: Poetry by Other Means in the 21st Century

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