this accessible and eloquent book-length essay, Urs Stahel, writer, curator and co-founder of Fotomuseum Winterthur, muses on the very nature of photography. The introduction outlines the unique tension defining photography--that it shows a segment of the world and simultaneously
expresses a subject's particular view of this world. This tension is the source of the medium's unique creative potential and its complex relation to truth. Stahel provides a philosophical perspective on theseissues by placing them in an epistemological
, social, and historical context. Chapters on industrial photography, staged and conceptual photography, and the current crisis of photojournalism provide a panoramic overview of the possibilities and challenges of photography in all of its variety
, from the casual snapshot to art and commercial photography. This profound and readable essay, one of the few daring enough to address the nature of photography, is destined to become a standard...