Photography and Literature (Exposures) By François Brunet Publisher: Reaktion Books 2009 | 192 Pages | ISBN: 1861894295 | PDF

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Roland Barthes, one of photography's most influential critics, once described the 'trouble' introduced by the advent of photography. Approaches to the two subjects of literature and photography tend to assess the literary effects of photography, with literature seen as the older, broader, more established cultural form, and photography the new, alien upstart. In Photography and Literature, François Brunet reverses the angle of vision to examine photography's encounters with literature from the point of view of photography and photographers, providing a new way of understanding photography's interplay with literature and the printed page. The book assesses the complete history of photography, and Brunet begins by showing how photography's invention and its publication were shaped by written culture, both scientific and literary. In turn he examines its early and durable incarnation in the book format, the ongoing and often repetitive 'discovery' of photography by writers, and, finally, the game of mirrors by which, in the twentieth century, photography and literature are seen to trade tools and even merge formats. The book's photographic point of view is especially reflected in the attention given to writings by photographers, from Henry Fox Talbot's groundbreaking exploration of photography in The Pencil of Nature of the 1840s, to Raymond Depardon's correspondence or Sophie Calle's projects with Jean Baudrillard and Paul Auster. Ultimately, Brunet argues that the histories of photography and literature since 1840 have been drawing closer together, and that their convergence has provided recent writing with a new 'photo-textual' genre. Offering a wealth of examples from writing - from autobiography, manifestoes and fiction - and a fascinating variety of images from the mid-nineteenth century to the twenty-first, Photography and Literature will be of interest to anyone excited by the historic relationship of text and image

he offers' a coherent argument for the emergence of photography as a kind of writing. Studies of literature and photography tend to assess the literary effects of photography. a fascinating overview of the prolonged cultural encounters between visual and verbal texts and has the value of guiding the reader towards more specialized studies of this crucially important subject. . a handsome and significant achievement. One can only hope that it will be widely read and discussed.is The Wilson Quarterly – There is much to praise in François Brunet’s recent book. photography has shed this aura of objectivity to become a medium of individual expression. Brunet’s book is innovative and insightful.' – The Guardian It is the scope and enthusiasm with which Photography and Literature connects the' literary impulse with photography's vision of the world that makes this book a '. Photography and Literature instead reverses the angle of vision to examine photography’s encounters with literature from the point of view of photography. photography is the "new muse of literature" and it subverts the very reality its images were once thought to reflect with such veracity. broader. .' – Modern Language Review As Brunet skillfully negotiates more than 150 years of photographic history. with possibilities for narrative and fiction that exceed its promise to capture the world as it '.' – Metapsycology' Roland Barthes. in the broader field of intermediality studies. alien upstart. one of photography’s most influential critics. . . and it helps clear the ground for a new approach of a much-debated issue. with literature seen as the older. . Brunet’s compelling book puts such challenging thoughts into motion. . and photography the new.welcome addition Source magazine – It is extremely rare to discover a book that has such a profound knowledge of the' Continental as well as the Anglo-Saxon traditions and history and that is so open to their respective cultures and sensibilities . The topic. .Photography and Literature François Brunet Brunet's beautifully illustrated study shows how. It’s a daring book. and become rapidly a modern classic. not least being the intellectual courage and verve of the undertaking itself. . Photography and' Literature. once described the ‘trouble’ introduced by the advent of photography. examines the shifting relationship between' literature and photography from the latter’s invention in 1939 up to the present .' – History of Photography This sumptuously illustrated volume . both inside the field of photography studies and outside it. Today. immense and inchoate. . at once invites and defies investigation . starting with the British pioneer' William Fox Talbot. more established cultural form.' – Transatlantica an excellent and thought-provoking read.

page François Brunet begins by showing how photography’s invention and its publication were shaped by written culture. in the twentieth century. 1860–1880 (2007).their convergence has provided recent writing with a new ‘photo-textual’ genre Offering a wealth of examples from autobiography. Photography and Literature will be of interest to anyone passionate about the historic . from William Henry Fox Talbot’s groundbreaking exploration of photography in The Pencil of Nature of the 1840s. and. and a regular contributor to journals. how. Brunet argues that the histories of photography and literature since 1840 have been drawing closer together. and is author of La Naissance de l’idée de photographie (2000). coeditor of Images in the West: Survey Photographs in French Collections. both scientific and literary.relationship of text and image François Brunet is Professor of American Art and Literature at the University Paris Diderot – Paris 7. finally. Etudes . including Transatlantica. the ongoing and often repetitive ‘discovery’ of photography by writers. In turn he examines its early and durable incarnation in the book format. and that . He also focuses on writings by photographers. photography and literature are seen to trade tools and even merge formats. manifestos and fiction.providing a new way of understanding its interplay with literature and the printed .Photographiques and Aperture . Ultimately. to Raymond Depardon’s correspondence or Sophie Calle’s projects with Jean Baudrillard and Paul Auster. and a fascinating variety of images from the mid-nineteenth century to the twenty-first.

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