Contemporary Photography in France

Between Theory and Practice

Olga Smith

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An innovative study of contemporary photography in France
This compelling publication traces the broad arc of photography’s development in France from the 1970s to the present day. A decade-by-decade account reveals unexpected points of convergence between practices that are not usually considered in a comparative perspective. These include photographic practices in contemporary art, documentary, photojournalism, and fashion. Author Olga Smith sets these practices in dialogue with French philosophy – the writings of Roland Barthes, Jean Baudrillard, and Jacques Rancière – to produce an innovative study of the intersections between the photographic image, text, practice, and theory. This analysis is guided by an understanding of photography as deeply engaged with historical, cultural, and intellectual events that defined French national experience in the contemporary period. Landscape provides a particular focus to study issues of key significance, including national identification, colonial past, legacies of modernization and environmental breakdown.

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Format: Monograph - paperback

Size: 230 × 170 mm

200 pages

32 pp. full colour

ISBN: 9789462703445

Publication: October 21, 2022

Series: Lieven Gevaert Series 32

Languages: English

Olga Smith is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the University of Vienna.