New Books in the Library

The Dubois Library has recently added these new titles to our collection:

Photography Changes Everything, by Marvin Heiferman (New York: Aperture Foundation, co-published with the Smithsonian Institution, 2012)

Based on the Smithsonian Photography Initiative's online project, this book explores the power and impact of photography on all facets of our society and culture, from magazines and space, to relationships and social memory. Organized into sections such as Where We Go and What We Remember, the book includes short essays written by a vast array of people, such as archaelologists, museum curators, photographic experts, and even Hugh Hefner and Candice Bergen. Essay topics include "Photography Changes How Wars are Fought," " Photography Changes What Tourists Expect to See," "Photography Changes What We Can See In the Universe," and "Photography Changes Our Sense of Financial Security."

Chris McCaw: Sunburn (Virginia: Candela Books, 2012)

What began as an accident on a camping trip has emerged into a series of 43 images that explore and challenge traditional ideas about landscape photography. McCaw's book contemplates serendipity and chance, as well as photographic experimentation and destruction. As Katherine Ware notes in the book's essay, "McCaw's elemental combination of sun, silver, glass, and paper evokes the wonderment of photography as a marker for the astounding universe we inhabit."

100 Ideas That Changed Photography, by Mary Warner Marien (London: Laurence King Publishing, Ltd., 2012)

In the introduction, the author acknowledges that this book is in no way meant to be seen as an encylopedic record of every idea to influence the medium and practice of photography. Rather, she see this as a sort of sampler, a gateway into some of the most profound and wide-reaching ideas and concepts that have changed how photographers take pictures and how the world views those images. Some of the ideas include Direct Positive Images, Macro/Micro, Cut-and-Paste, the Snapshot Aesthetic, Appropriation, and GIS. 

Berenice Abbott: Documenting Science (Steidl: 2012)

In addition to her well-known project from the 1930's, "Changing New York," Abbot also produced photographs documenting science and technology subjects. These scientific photographs included Abbott's own experiments with photographic technology, as well as her commercial assignments, and the illustration of science textbooks at MIT. Working directly with scientists and physicists, Abbott was determined to use photography as "the friendly interpreter of science," and this book includes more than 90 plates of evidence of her success.