This five-volume collection surveys five decades of Gordon Parks´ photography. It is the most extensive publication to document his legendary career. Widely recognized as the most important and influential African-American photographer of the twentieth century, Parks combined a unique documentary and artistic style with a profound commitment to social justice. Working first for the Farm Security Administration and later for Life magazine, he specialized in extended-narrative picture stories on difficult subject matter. Covering crime, poverty, segregation, the politics of race and class, and controversial personalities, Parks became legendary for his ability to meld penetrating insight with a lyrical aesthetic. He was thus able to introduce a broad and diverse public to people, issues and ideas they might otherwise have ignored. Parks was remarkably versatile, traveling the world to photograph news events and fashion, as well as the worlds of art, literature, music, theatre and film. Later in life, he reconceived his vision in fundamentally personal and poetic terms, producing color photographs that were allusive rather than descriptive, symbolic rather than literal.
A personal and penetrating study that explores Ansel´s life as an artist by looking closely at the stories behind 20 of his most significant images. For anyone with an interest in the life and work of the country´s most revered landscape photographer and environmental advocate.
This whimsical and in-depth behind-the-scenes study leads the reader into the world of Steidl Publishers in Göttingen. With his inimitable and patient eye, Koto Bolofo takes us through the labyrinthine corridors and stairways of the publishing house, documenting the myriad processes and people at work, and giving us an insider´s glance into how Steidl´s books come to life.
Koto Bolofo creases book spines and gently fl icks through pages to explore what has happened behind the scenes in the world of bookbinding-an ancient craft that has protected our most valuable manuscripts since the infancy of art and literature, keeping safe the wisdom of the past. As the processes of binding have now increasingly moved from man to machine, Bolofo´s Binding is a meticulous study of bookbinding today that embraces the new and laments the loss of the old. The human touch is still evident, but is gradually disappearing. Trying to hold back the tides of time, Bolofo playfully begs the question: has this cherished practice lost its soul and are we now slaves to the machine?
This groundbreaking edited collection is the first major study to explore the intersection between cognitive theory and documentary film studies, focusing on a variety of formats, such as first-person, wildlife, animated and slow TV documentary, as well as docudrama and web videos. Documentaries play an increasingly significant role in informing our cognitive and emotional understanding of today´s mass-mediated society, and this collection seeks to illuminate their production, exhibition, and reception. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the essays draw on the latest research in film studies, the neurosciences, cultural studies, cognitive psychology, social psychology, and the philosophy of mind. With a foreword by documentary studies pioneer Bill Nichols and contributions from both theorists and practitioners, this volume firmly demonstrates that cognitive theory represents a valuable tool not only for film scholars but also for filmmakers and practice-led researchers.
Contemporary European Science Fiction Cinemas charts the evolution of European science fiction cinema in the 21st century, a period in which Europe itself has faced myriad crises. Key to this study is an exploration of how European science fiction responds to prevalent issues such as the financial crisis, political extremism and violence, large-scale migration and indeed the potential breakup of the European Union itself. What futures does science fiction cinema envision for Europe? Is it capable of moving beyond dystopian visions of a continent beset by seemingly omnipresent turbulence? Emphasising science fiction´s unique ability to estrange, exploit and reflect upon popular concerns, this book directly engages with such questions, accounting for ongoing mutations in the very nature of the European project as it does so.
This book offers a timely examination of the relationship between Shakespeare and contemporary digital media. By focusing upon a variety of ´Shakespearean´ individuals, groups and communities and their ´online´ presence, the book explores the role of popular internet culture in the ongoing adaptation of Shakespeare´s plays and his general cultural standing. The description of certain performers as ´Shakespearean´ is a ubiquitous but often throwaway assessment. However, a study of ´Shakespearean´ actors within a broader cultural context reveals much, not only about the mutable face of British culture (popular and ´highbrow´) but also about national identity and commerce. These performers share an online space with the other major focus of the book: the fans and digital content creators whose engagement with the Shakespearean marks them out as more than just audiences and consumers; they become producers and critics. Ultimately, Digital Shakespeareans moves beyond the theatrical history focus of related works to consider the role of digital culture and technology in shaping Shakespeare´s contemporary adaptive legacy and the means by which we engage with it.
The third and final volume in Phaidon s acclaimed Photobook series, hailed as the most important contribution to the field since modern histories of photography began to appear in the early 20th century (photo-eye). This comprehensive study of the contemporary photobook brings the history of the genre fully up to date, highlighting over 200 books dating from World War II to the present day. Photographer Martin Parr and co-author Gerry Badger offer a fresh approach to photographic history, focusing on the development of photography in its published form and covering key genres such as conflict, memory, society, place and desire .