Seizing the Light: A History of Photography
By Hirsch, Robert
"Its chief virtues are a succinct, mostly lucid style, a wide intellectual scope, a flood of ideas and insights at every turn, sensitivity to the technology and culture of photography, and a willingness to attend to images . . . In the end, perhaps the best measure of a text is whether or not one would choose it from among all the offerings to use in class. I have chosen to use this book." - Photo Review, Spring 2000

"An excellent introductory history book." - Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism

In this wonderful and entertaining book, Hirsch has produced the most useful, readable, and practical successor to Newhall. Seizing the Light is written in a friendly, accessible way -- dense with information, but more hip and lively than other offerings, especially those aimed at college students." - exposure: The research journal of the Society for Photographic Education. Vol. 32.2 (Fall, 1999)

Hirsch's prose is very digestible. He writes in a clear, lively style with a minimum of jargon." - Views: the newsletter of the Visual Material Section of the Society of American Archivists

Science, culture, and art come together in this new history of photography – the first since the early 1980’s. With superlative production values, rare and unusual prints, and a fresh perspective, Robert Hirsch has written the ideal companion to the first 200 years of photography.


DOI: 10.1036/0697143619

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Author Biography

Robert Hirsch is the Associate Director of Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY and co-director of the Visual Studies Workshop Graduate Program. He is also Associate Professor of Art at SUNY/Brockport.

Until June of 1999, he was the Director of the Center for Photographic Arts (CEPA Gallery), Rochester, NY.

Hirsch is the author of Exploring Color Photography . He is a professional photographer and a regular contributor to the journal of the Society for Photographic Education.


Seizing the Light: A History of Photography
Author(s): Hirsch, Robert
ISBN: 0697143619
DOI: 10.1036/0697143619

Format: paperback, 528 pages.
Pub date: 22 Oct 1999
Copyright: 2000
$42.50 US
Product Line: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages

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