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Photography after Photography:

Gender, Genre, History

By Abigail Solomon-Godeau
Edited by Sarah Parsons

Presenting two decades of work by Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Photography after Photography is an inquiry into the circuits of power that shape photographic practice, criticism, and historiography. As the boundaries that separate photography from other forms of artistic production are increasingly fluid, Solomon-Godeau, a pioneering feminist and politically engaged critic, argues that the relationships between photography, culture, gender, and power demand renewed attention. In her analyses of the photographic production of Cindy Sherman, Robert Mapplethorpe, Susan Meiselas, Francesca Woodman, and others, Solomon-Godeau refigures the disciplinary object of photography by considering these practices through an examination of the determinations of genre and gender as these shape the relations between photographers, their images, and their viewers. Among her subjects are the 2006 Abu Ghraib prison photographs and the Cold War-era exhibition The Family of Man, insofar as these illustrate photography's embeddedness in social relations, viewing relations, and ideological formations.

Bibliographic Information

Title: 
Photography after Photography: Gender, Genre, History
By: 
  • Abigail Solomon-Godeau
Edited by: 
  • Sarah Parsons
Published: 
2017-04-18
Copyright year: 
  • 2017
ISBN electronic: 
978-0-8223-7362-9
ISBN cloth: 
978-0-8223-6251-7
ISBN paper: 
978-0-8223-6266-1

Author Bio

  • Abigail Solomon-Godeau is Professor Emerita of the Department of History of Art and Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the author of several books, including Photography at the Dock: Essays on Photographic History, Institutions, and Practices; Male Trouble: A Crisis in Representation; Rosemary Laing; Chair à canons: Photographie, discours, féminisme; and coauthor of Birgit Jürgenssen. Sarah Parsons is Associate Professor of Art History at York University.

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