Titel: Using Visual Evidence
Autor/en: Howells Richard, Matson Robert
OPEN UNIV PR
Juni 2009 - gebunden - 201 Seiten
"The scope of this collection is impressively broad, offering international, albeit North American and Western European, perspectives on a diverse range of visual evidence useful for scholars in a number of fields, from history to media studies and social sciences."
Erin Bell, University of Lincoln,UK"...two media historians-drawing upon years of detailed research-have compiled a definitive anthology. Clearly, Using Visual Evidence presents a unique interpretation of historical analysis where thirteen writers, under the editorship of Richard Howells and Robert W. Matson, offer strong ideas about a subject that is often overlooked...With numerous illustrations, meticulous case studies, and selective photographs, Using Visual Evidence - a welcome breath of fresh air - is a wonderful addition to media studies."
Film and History
- What do we mean by 'visual evidence'?
- How should we interpret visual texts, and what can they tell us?
- Why is 'visual literacy' so important and what benefits does it offer?
Visual evidence encompasses a diverse range of media, from painting, cartoons and photography, to film, television and documentary. The central argument of this book is that visual evidence is a key to understanding both history and the present day and should not be relegated to a supporting role as merely illustrating the written word. The book shows students, scholars and researchers how to read the visual media to elicit meaning. As primary sources, visual texts can be studied not only for what is directly depicted in the painting or film but also for what it tells us about the people, cultures and societies that made them.Each chapter features fascinating case studies and examples which situate theory in real life. A major appeal of the book is the wealth of illustrations and photographs of visual texts which are included throughout. The authors make detailed reference to these examples to illustrate the theory surrounding visual evidence. An intriguing case study of an unknown girl's photo album is just one of many examples offered, showing how we can analyze and learn from the visual text.This comprehensive and insightful edited collection brings together international media and cultural theorists, historians and art historians to demonstrate the value of visual evidence not only to media and cultural studies, but also to history, the general humanities and the social sciences.
Richard Howells & Robert W. Matson Chapter 1. Painting As Visual Evidence
David Morgan Chapter 2. Showing Politics to the People: Cartoons, Comics and Satirical Prints
Nicholas Hiley Chapter 3. 'Impressed by Nature's Hand': Photography and Authorship
Douglas R. Nickel Chapter 4. Actuality and Affect in Documentary Photography
David Phillips Chapter 5. Interpreting Vernacular Photography, Finding 'Me': A Case Study
Catherine Whalen Chapter 6. Newsreels: Form and Function
Luke McKernan Chapter 7. Documentaries: A Gold Mine Historians Should Begin to Exploit
Pierre Sorlin Chapter 8. More than Just Entertainment: The Feature Film and the Historian
Michael Paris Chapter 9. The Visual Culture of Television NewsCynthia Carter
Stuart Allan Chapter 10. 'What Planet Are We On?' Television Drama's Relationships With Social Reality
Máire Messenger Davies Chapter 11. The Privileged Discourse: Advertising as an Interpretive Key to the Consumer Culture
Jacqueline Botterill & Stephen Kline
Dr Richard Howells is Reader in Cultural and Creative Industries at King's College, London, UK, where he is also Director of the Centre for Cultural, Media and Creative Industries Research.Professor Robert W. Matson is Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, USA.