Land Matters [electronic resource] : Landscape Photography, Culture and Identity.

by Wells, Liz, 1948-Looking glass; EBSCO Publishing (Firm) [supplier.]Looking glass; ProQuest (Firm) [supplier.]Looking glass.

Series: International library of cultural studies: Publisher: London : I.B.Tauris, 2011.Description: 1 online resource (352 pages).ISBN: 085772035X; 9780857720351.Subject(s): Human geographyLooking glass | Landscape photography -- Social aspects | Landscapes -- Social aspects | Electronic booksLooking glass
Contents:
List of Illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Landscape: Time, Space, Place Aesthetics; 2. A North American Place: Land and Settlement; 3. After the Frontier: Environment and the West; 4. Pastoral Heritage: Britain viewed through a Critical Lens; 5. Views From the North: Landscape, Photography and National Identity; 6. Sense of Location: Topography, Journey, Memory; Notes; Bibliography; Index of Illustrations;
Note: Description based upon print version of record.Summary: In this major work on landscape photography, extensively illustrated in colour and black and white, Liz Wells is concerned with the ways in which photographers engage with issues about land, its representation and idealisation. She demonstrates how the visual interpretation of land as landscape reflects and reinforces contemporary political, social and environmental attitudes. She also asks what is at stake in landscape photography now through placing critical appraisal of key examples of work by photographers working in, for example, the USA, in Europe, Scandinavia and Baltic areas, within broa.Online access: Read this e-book from EBSCO
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In this major work on landscape photography, extensively illustrated in colour and black & white, Liz Wells is concerned with the ways in which photographers engage with issues about land, its representation and idealisation. She demonstrates how the visual interpretation of land as landscape reflects and reinforces contemporary political, social and environmental attitudes. She also asks what is at stake in landscape photography now through placing critical appraisal of key examples of work by photographers working in, for example, the USA, in Europe, Scandinavia and Baltic areas, within broader art historical and political concerns. This illuminating book will interest readers in photography and media, geography, art history and travel, as well as those concerned with environmental issues.

Description based upon print version of record.

List of Illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Landscape: Time, Space, Place Aesthetics; 2. A North American Place: Land and Settlement; 3. After the Frontier: Environment and the West; 4. Pastoral Heritage: Britain viewed through a Critical Lens; 5. Views From the North: Landscape, Photography and National Identity; 6. Sense of Location: Topography, Journey, Memory; Notes; Bibliography; Index of Illustrations;

In this major work on landscape photography, extensively illustrated in colour and black and white, Liz Wells is concerned with the ways in which photographers engage with issues about land, its representation and idealisation. She demonstrates how the visual interpretation of land as landscape reflects and reinforces contemporary political, social and environmental attitudes. She also asks what is at stake in landscape photography now through placing critical appraisal of key examples of work by photographers working in, for example, the USA, in Europe, Scandinavia and Baltic areas, within broa.

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CHOICE Review

In this book, primarily oriented to an Anglo-Saxon audience, Wells (Univ. of Plymouth, UK), a knowledgeable and respected photography scholar, first gives some historical background on landscape, its tropes, and its pictorial representations before photography. She then surveys landscape photography in the US, the UK, and, interestingly, the Nordic and Baltic states (also referencing Germany). Included are many contemporary works. Paradoxically, she says nothing about the rest of the world, despite strong interest elsewhere in the genre. Japan, Italy, and France are not even mentioned. Discussion of landscape photography in France, for instance, might appeal to an audience that may have heard of the 1851 Mission Heliographique and the numerous exhibitions and commissions that--since the late 1970s--have attracted many a landscape photographer of international renown. Wells mentions Descartes and, of course, Barthes and Foucault, but not Le Gray, Atget, or Depardon. Many readers would love a comparative study of landscape, identity, and culture that goes beyond this volume's limited scope. (This study is like the 2003 Tate exhibition, Cruel and Tender, all over again.) Though this book may have missed an opportunity, it nevertheless constitutes a key introduction to the field for newcomers and a well-documented refresher for others. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. B. P. Chalifour Empire State College

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Liz Wells writes and lectures on photographic practices. She edited The Photography Reader (2003), and Photography: A Critical Introduction (2009, 4th edn.) and is also co-editor of Photographies, the Routledge journals. Liz Wells's exhibitions as curator include Uneasy Spaces (New York, 2006), Facing East: Contemporary Landscape Photography from Baltic Areas (UK tour, 2004 - 2007), Chrystel Lebas and Sofija Silvia: Conversations on Nature (Rijeka, Croatia, 2011) and Landscapes of Exploration, recent British art from Antarctica (forthcoming, 2012). She is Professor in Photographic Culture, Faculty of Arts, University of Plymouth, UK, and convenes the research group for Land/Water and the Visual Arts.

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