Photography: A Cultural History, 4th Edition by Mary Warner Marien, published by Laurence King Publishing, ISBN:978-1-7806-332-5.
A good book that tells a good comprehensive history of photography from conception to present day. This book explains the influences from art, politics and national cultures that has shaped photographic practices throughout the world from the 1830’s to present day with details on photographers / artist with examples of their work that have been of influence. The book is made up of six parts with sections called Focus that looks at specific subjects in photography such as race and slavery of the 19th century or making an icon of revolution in the 20th century (Che Guevara) and Portraits about the works of famous photographers that influenced photography and the artistic practices from the 19th century through to the 21st.
Certainly a must read book for any photography student and I do now have a better understanding of Surrealism, Modernism, Postmodernism, etc. than I did before.
Photos by Mary Kapajeva. These linked images are from her website: http://www.mariakapajeva.com Maria Kapajeva is an Eastern European artist living and working in London. I find her work very interesting and she has a unique style. Being a female artist she naturally brings in some feminine topics to her work but she combines them with cultural and modern influences that make these topics interesting. I like her style. The above image taken from her project ‘Family’ I particularly liked, as I liked the idea of two linking images.