On Writing with Photography

On Writing with Photography


From James Agee to W. G. Sebald, there was an explosion of recent documentary narratives and fiction combining textual content and images in complicated and engaging methods. although, those modern experiments are a part of a convention that stretches again to the early years of images. Writers were integrating images into their paintings for so long as photos have existed, generating wealthy, multilayered creations; and photographers have constantly made photographs that include, reply to, or functionality as writing. On Writing with Photography explores what occurs to texts—and images—when they're introduced together.

From the mid-nineteenth century to the current, this assortment addresses quite a lot of genres and media, together with image novels, children’s books, photo-essays, movies, diaries, newspapers, and artwork installations. studying the works of Herman Melville, Don DeLillo, Claude McKay, guy Ray, Dare Wright, man Debord, Zhang sick, and Roland Barthes, between others, the essays hint the connection among photos and “reality” and describe the imaginary worlds built by way of either, discussing how this construction can become testimony of non-public and collective background, reminiscence and trauma, gender and sexuality, and ethnicity.

Together, those essays support clarify how writers and photographers—past and present—have served as robust inventive assets for every other.

Contributors: Stuart Burrows, Brown U; Roderick Coover, Temple U; Adrian Daub, Stanford U; Marcy J. Dinius, DePaul U; Marianne Hirsch, Columbia U; Daniel H. Magilow, U of Tennessee, Knoxville; Janine Mileaf; Tyrus Miller, U of California, Santa Cruz; Leah Rosenberg, U of Florida; Xiaojue Wang, U of Pennsylvania.

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