Another Way of Telling: A Possible Theory of Photography

Another Way of Telling A Possible Theory of Photography In one of the most eloquent accounts of photography ever devised originally published in and unavailable for many years the writer John Berger and the photographer Jean Mohr set out to understa

  • Title: Another Way of Telling: A Possible Theory of Photography
  • Author: John Berger Jean Mohr
  • ISBN: 9781408864456
  • Page: 135
  • Format: Paperback
  • In one of the most eloquent accounts of photography ever devised originally published in 1982 and unavailable for many years , the writer John Berger and the photographer Jean Mohr set out to understand the fundamental nature of photography and how it makes its impact.Asking a range of questions What is a photograph What do photographs mean How can they be used theIn one of the most eloquent accounts of photography ever devised originally published in 1982 and unavailable for many years , the writer John Berger and the photographer Jean Mohr set out to understand the fundamental nature of photography and how it makes its impact.Asking a range of questions What is a photograph What do photographs mean How can they be used they give their answers in terms of a photograph as a meeting place where the interests of the photographer, the photographed, the viewer and those who are using the photography are often contradictory From these beginnings they develop a theory of photography that has at its centre the form s essential ambiguity, arguing that photography is totally unlike a film and has nothing to do with reportage Rather, it constitutes another way of telling.The unique combination of critic and photographer results in a work that moves beyond the landmarks established by Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes and Susan Sontag to establish a new theory of photography.This unique combination of words and pictures includes 230 photographs by Jean Mohr.

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    1. গত বছর এস এম সুলতানের উপর একটা বই কিনেছিলাম, কয়েকদিন আগে সকালে বইটা পড়তে বসে একটা ছবি খুব ভালো লাগল । সুলতান তার পোষা বেড়ালদের সামনে নিয়ে বসে ভাত খাওয়ার একটা ছবি । বইটা পড়া শেষ করে শিল্পকলা এক [...]

    2. کتاب خوبی بود، ایده های جالبی بم دادالبته ترجمش یه جاهایی اذیتم کرد، ولی متن جان برجر هم قطعا خیلی ساده فهم نبود.گیراترین قسمتش برام که اخیرا هم خیلی درگیرش بودم راجع به ابهام عکس بود که اینطوری شروع میشه:«آنچه عکاسی را اختراعی عجیب و شگفت انگیز با نتایجی غیر قابل پیش بینی میس [...]

    3. An amazing book about photography and what photos can tell us. The main theme is the life of peasants. It is divided into 4 parts, one of which (the third) is a series of 150 photographs, without text, that tries to tell us about an old peasant woman. The second part is an essay on photography by John Berger, the fourth a last short essay by Jean Mohr.My favourite part was the first section of the book; a collection of photos accompanied by stories by photographer Jean Mohr. The stories he tells [...]

    4. An exploration of the relationship between photography, expressive art, and narrative. Fascinating, but mixed. Mohr's photographs are outstanding and command one's attention. Berger's critical discussions are erudite and often lucid, but I found them uneven. The longest section of the work is a constructed fictional narrative told entirely through photographs: the photographs themselves are, again, uniformly excellent and the sequence, qua sequence, is evocative - but I didn't "get" much of a su [...]

    5. John Berger writes clearly and intelligently. In this book he really broadened my perspective about the potential for narrative in a still image. I also recently read Roland Barthes' 'Camera Lucida' and Susan Sontag's 'On Photography,' this book really adds to the dialogue about the philosophy of photography. If you are interested in photography or philosophy this book is a wonderful read.

    6. What makes photography a strange invention -- with unforeseeable consequences -- is that its primary raw materials are light and time. (85)And in life, meaning is not instantaneous. Meaning is discovered in what connects, and cannot exist without development. Without a story, without an unfolding, there is no meaning. Facts, information, do not in themselves constitute meaning. Facts can be fed into a computer and become factors in a calculation. No meaning, however, comes out fo computers, for [...]

    7. “Another Way of Telling” is a truly original marriage of word and image. John Berger, writer, and Jean Mohr, photographer, explore both mediums and how they work together and why we are so captivated by documentary work, which could otherwise be just snapshots. Berger uses the example of a found, anonymous portrait of a man with a horse to illustrate the “decisive” moment the photographer chose. This photograph compared to a photo by Kertesz illuminates the intuition and purpose of the p [...]

    8. It's good. I like it.In a strange way, that seems to be about the most accurate way to sum up this book. Basically a lengthy illustrated essay, Berger lays down a theory of photography and meaning that has a timeless, universalized, and yet personal approach to it.Berger shares his approach a bit with the reader-response crowd of literary theorists, but in a way that is more epistemological than historical.Throughout the book, they take several key photos as context, as well as a photo essay of [...]

    9. Really powerful black and white photos, coupled with an interested way of drawing conclusions from narratively arranged photography. I can dig it.

    10. A new perspective of photography and the dilemas of the photographer. A philosophical way of making and penetrating the image captured with the lens.

    11. Though the text is sometimes dense and hard to follow, John Berger proves himself to be a first-rate theoretician of the art of photography, in the same class with Sontag and Barthes.

    12. Let John Berger show you how your perceptions of reality are shaped by political forces beyond your control.

    13. Loved the photography and enjoyed the essays. I am giving this book to my grandson who is in film school.

    14. Si tiene alguna curiosidad sobre la narrativa en la fotografía, este es un libro que debería leer. Las ideas que fluyen mientras uno se consume este libro, son incontables. ¡Una joya!

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