The Disciplinary Frame: Photographic Truths and the Capture of Meaning (Hardback)John Tagg (author)
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The meaning and power of photographs, Tagg asserts, are discursive effects of the regimens that produce them as official record, documentary image, historical evidence, or art. Teasing out the historical processes involved, he examines a series of revealing case studies from nineteenth-century European and American photographs to Depression-era works by Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and Margaret Bourke-White to the conceptualist photography of John Baldessari.
Central to this transformative work are questions of cultural strategy, the growth of the state, and broad issues of power and representation: how the discipline of the frame holds both photographic image and viewer in place, without erasing the possibility for evading, and even resisting, capture. Photographs, Tagg ultimately finds, are at once too big and too small for the frames in which they are enclosed-always saying more than is wanted and less than is desired.
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Number of pages: 392
Weight: 780 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm