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Return to Book Page. Introduction to Visual Culture by Nicholas Mirzoeff. This is a wide-ranging and stimulating introduction to the history and theory of visual culture from painting to the computer and television screen. It will prove indispensable to students of art and art history as well as students of cultural studies. Mirzoeff begins by defining what visual culture is, and explores how and why visual media - fine art, cinema, the Internet This is a wide-ranging and stimulating introduction to the history and theory of visual culture from painting to the computer and television screen.
Mirzoeff begins by defining what visual culture is, and explores how and why visual media - fine art, cinema, the Internet, advertising, performance, photography, television - have become so central to contemporary everyday life. He argues that the visual is replacing the linguistic as our primary means of communicating with each other and of understanding our postmodern world.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Introduction to Visual Culture. Feb 22, Scott rated it really liked it. The author covers a lot of well-trodden ground before getting to the bulk of the argument, but that is to be expected from a book touting itself as an "introduction.
One reason being because I felt the flow between chapters was, in most instances, lacking a cohesion that would have made this book a better whole. As it is, each chapter is ripe for plucking out and dropping onto curriculum, so that is a bonus in itself- but not necessarily a positive trai The author covers a lot of well-trodden ground before getting to the bulk of the argument, but that is to be expected from a book touting itself as an "introduction.
As it is, each chapter is ripe for plucking out and dropping onto curriculum, so that is a bonus in itself- but not necessarily a positive trait for the book as a single book. Still, this is a very good read about a relatively undiscussed topic.
However, it was clear that the author at the time of the writing was not entirely clear about how the internet functions and certain aspects, if corrected, would change a small portion of what they were saying. But that's probably just me being nit-picky. Like I said before- this is still a worth-while introduction and it does a very good job of bring new readers into the ideas behind visual culture.
May 28, Karla Mallma Soriano rated it it was amazing. Un librazo!!! Hartamente recomendable! In reclaiming that look, it refuses to do the commodified labour of looking, of paying attention.
It claims the right to be seen by the common as a counter to the possibility of being disappeared by governments. It claims the right to a secular viewpoint. Above all, it is the claim to a history that is not told from the point of view of the police. It is in the final four chapters that Mirzoeff shifts tone from the developmental and the historical to the contemporary analytical in discussions of forming and reforming digital worlds, of the place of photography and claims of its death in the contemporary visual, through an exploration of the British Royal family as markers of the tropes of celebrity and finally through a discussion of watching war.
These are strong chapters, evidentially potent and theoretically sharp while wearing their theory lightly. So, this works well as an introductory text.
Kudos also to Routledge for printing this on high gloss paper and being will to use lots of colour images throughout, not in special inserts: this adds to the price but is well worth it. Six years after its first appearance as this second edition, it remains a key text for the field. Jan 19, Chiara rated it it was amazing Shelves: art. I thought this book to be quite thought—provoking. The introduction of the "Introduction of visual culture" a thought I stupidly find amusing itself summarizes the book quite well and gives an overview of visual culture and of how deeply we are influenced by it.
Another chapter I really appreciated was the one on virtuality, a subject I've always found interesting, and thought Mirzoeff did a good job there as well. Feb 19, Kristina rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction , school-stuff. Apr 09, Michelle rated it liked it.
A general if somewhat 'messy' introduction to visual culture if only because it is sorely outdated and requires a revised edition to include more about the Internet.
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An Introduction to Visual Culture provides a wide-ranging introduction to the now established interdisciplinary field of visual culture. Mapping a global history and theory of visual culture, An Introduction to Visual Culture asks how and why visual media have become so central to everyday life. This new, completely updated second edition has been adapted to match the challenges of interpreting globalization since the publication of the first edition a decade ago. Improved text design and colour images throughout make it an even more valuable teaching tool. Brand new features in the second edition include Key Image studies from Holbein's The Ambassadors, to Blade Runner and the Abu Ghraib atrocities; and a Key Words section in each chapter, discussing vital critical terms and the debates that surround them. He is author and editor of several books including Watching Babylon and The Visual Culture Reader, also now in its second edition
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