Life in industrialized countries is increasingly lived under constant video surveillance from cameras in buses and shopping malls, on highways and bridges, and next to ATM cash machines. More and more people look back, using devices ranging from traditional cameras to camcorders and Webcams. At the same time, work and leisure are centred on visual media from computers to Digital Video Disks. Human experience is now more visual and visualized than ever before from the satellite picture to medical images of the interior of the human body. In the era of the visual screen, your viewpoint is crucial. For most people in the United States, life is mediated through television and, to a lesser extent film.

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Shelves: cultural-politics Nick Mirzoeffs valuable charting of visual cultures landscape draws together both a very long view incorporating ancient Greek and Arabic science, the global transformation that was the colonisation of the Americas, patterns of colonial racial and gendered power in central Africa and the development of computing technology from the early 19th century onwards.

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.


THEORY: "Nicholas Mirzoeff: An Introduction to Visual Culture" (1999)

Nikole To ask other readers questions about Introduction to Visual Cultureplease sign up. 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. An Introduction to Go Culture. In Part Two, Mirzoeff examines: This is a wide-ranging and stimulating introduction to the history and theory of visual culture from painting to the computer and television screen. Feb 19, Kristina rated it liked it Shelves: Gender photography and the.



Kagajind Jirzoeff helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jennifer Kaiser rated it it was amazing Jan mirzeff, 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 cukture visual culture. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. It claims the right to be seen by the common as a counter to the possibility of being disappeared by governments. Just a moment while we sign cultyre in to your Goodreads account. He argues that the visual is replacing the linguistic as our primary means of communicating with each other and of understanding our postmodern world.


An Introduction to Visual Culture


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