Your Waterstones card is changing, introducing...
Positive Pleasures: Early Photography and Humor (Hardback)
  • Positive Pleasures: Early Photography and Humor (Hardback)

Positive Pleasures: Early Photography and Humor (Hardback)

(author), (author)
Hardback 232 Pages / Published: 11/03/1998
  • Publisher out of stock

Currently unavailable to order

This product is currently unavailable.

  • This item has been added to your basket
Positive Pleasures explores the humorous commentary about photography that emerged in the medium's first seventy-five years, providing a panorama of photographic comedy in its many aspects, both pictorial and literary. The Henisches present a wide range of examples found in cartoons, literature, and such facets of popular culture as music, fashion, and advertising. They also discuss examples of photo-humor in the political arena. Richly illustrated with more than 250 cartoons and photographs from international sources, the book takes readers behind the technical and commercial scenes of a new medium. It covers the period from photography's beginnings to the years following World War I when the popularization of miniature cameras redefined the world of photography - showing how, as the outward appearance of photographic paraphernalia changed, each new generation of cartoonists was provided with new challenges for their satirical skills. It also depicts photographers as humorists in their own right through examples of their amusing interpretations of reality.

Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
ISBN: 9780271016719
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 1161 g
Dimensions: 279 x 216 x 15 mm


"This is a book which is at once profound and amusing--a rare combination. The authors have successfully attempted to explore a variety of photographic humor: humor about photography and humor with photography. On a popular level, the book is just plain funny and can be appreciated by anyone who likes a good laugh. For the historian of photography and society, it is an unrivaled compendium of the ways in which photography has made us so uncomfortable as to require a joke to relieve the tension."

--Jay Ruby, Temple University

You may also be interested in...

Henry James and American Painting
Added to basket
The Politics of the Provisional
Added to basket
Beyond Pleasure
Added to basket
Rethinking Arshile Gorky
Added to basket
What Is an Image?
Added to basket
London Art Worlds
Added to basket
The Surviving Image
Added to basket
Imaging the Early Medieval Bible
Added to basket
Exiled in Modernity
Added to basket


Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.