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.
Tracey Moffatt has used self-portraiture to dress up as famous personalities that share her brithsign and acted out poses to mimic these individuals. In the example above Moffatt has used self-portraiture in a style of old Victorian lantern shows of a scene from a melodrama. This project considered historical issues of colonialism, slavery, class, sexuality and addiction. The image above is called Laudanum and below is called ‘The Darkness Below’.