The Miracle of Analogy: or The History of Photography, Part 1

The Miracle of Analogy, or, The History of Photography. Part 1 – Silverman – 2015

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Publisher: Stanford University Press (March 4, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0804793999
ISBN-13: 978-0804793995

Review

“[This book] is overflowing with excellent and challenging explorations of photography and the extensive interaction of photography with visual life. Silverman provides a superb overview of photographic making and thinking . . . Her intensive investigation of ideas and pictures through careful analysis of the writing of significant authors is remarkable and very effective in communicating her broad investigation of photography’s effects on human thought and action. The writing is excellent and makes for satisfying reading . . . Highly recommended.”—C. Chiarenza, Choice
“This is a lovely, intriguing book, powerfully argued, compellingly illustrated—a major provocation. Challenging all the ways we’re so used to thinking about photography, its richly textured counter-history invites us to rethink the very meaning of the ‘analogue’ in the contemporary digital age.”— Rebecca Comay, University of Toronto
“A masterly account of how photography strengthens the binds that connect us with others and the world, this book argues that each picture holds within the instant of its making an opportunity to see anew the dense and entangled relationships that ground our understanding of what it means to be here.”—Paul Chan, artist
“Not simply a new counter-history, The Miracle of Analogy marks a paradigm shift after which photography will never again be thought of in the same way. Kaja Silverman’s book sets the stage for future debates about the range of photography studies.”—Natalia Brizuela, University of California, Berkeley
The Miracle of Analogy is a must-read. Driven by careful study of various practitioners while masterfully juggling historical analysis with theoretical insight, Silverman unearths a missed opportunity in understanding what photography was, is, and will be.”—Jacques Khalip, Brown University

About the Author

Kaja Silverman is Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author, most recently, of Flesh of My Flesh (SUP, 2009).
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