On Photography Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Chapter Abstracts

In Plato's Cave

* Photographs are usually held to be definitive evidence.

* Photographs impose standards on art, culture, and identity.

* Most people have access to or own cameras.

* Photography has also focused on images of sexuality.

* A photograph conveys a sense of something, but no real information about it.

America, Seen Through Photographs, Darkly

* Whitman strove to see beyond beauty and ugliness into the essential value of a person or an object.

* Streichen photographs gave irrelevant materials relevance.

* Arbus photographed 'freaks' - dissociated victims of society.

* Like modern art, photography seems to lower sensitivities.

Melancholy Objects

* Photography has led to a Surrealist takeover of modern sensibility.

* Photography is frozen in time and is transitory.

* The most ambitious photographic project was done by the Farm Security Administration in 1935.

* Photographs presupposes that reality can be a comprehensible totality.

* Photographs can be made to speak with captions.

The Heroism of Vision

* Photographs...

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