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Transformational Imagemaking: Handmade Photography Since 1960 by Robert Hirsch is a book from Focal Press offering a groundbreaking survey of significant work and ideas by imagemakers who have pushed beyond the boundaries of photography as a window on our material world. These artists represent a diverse group of curious experimentalists who have propelled the medium's evolution by visualizing their subject matter as it originates from their mind's eye. Many favor the historical techniques commonly known as alternative photographic processes, but all these makers demonstrate that the real alternative is found in their mental approach and not in their use of physical methods.
Within this context, photographer and photography historian Robert Hirsch outlines the varied approaches these artists have utilized to question conventional photographic practices, to convey internal realities, and to examine what constitutes photographic reality. Hirsch explores the half-century evolution of these concepts and methodologies and their popularity among contemporary imagemakers who are merging digital and analog processes to express what was thought to be photographically inexpressible.
The Photographer's Hand
West Coast Roots
Ground Breaking Exhibitions
East Coast Makers
Robert Hirsch is a photographic imagemaker, historian, and writer. He has curated over 200 exhibitions and had many one-person and group shows of his own work. Former executive director of CEPA Gallery and now director of Light Research in Buffalo, NY, he has published scores of articles about visual culture and has interviewed many significant photographers of our time. A former associate editor for Digital Camera (UK) and Photovision, Hirsch is a regular contributor to Photo Technique, and has also written for Afterimage, exposure, History of Photography, The Photo Review, and World Book Encyclopedia, among others. His books include the following:
Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age
Exploring Color Photography: From Film to Pixels
Photographic Possibilities: The Expressive Use of Equipment, Ideas, Materials, and Processes
Seizing the Light: A Social History of Photography
For details, visit www.lightresearch.net
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