Phototextualities: Intersections of Photography and Narrative

Edited by Andrea Noble
Edited by Alex Hughes

How are photographs understood as narratives? In this book twenty-two original critical essays tackle this overarching question in a series of case studies moving chronologically across the history of photography from the 1840s to the twenty-first century. The contributors explore the intersections of photography with history, memory, autobiography, time, death, mapping, the discourse of Orientalism, digital technology, and representations of race and gender. The essays range in focus from the role of photographic images in the memorialization of the Holocaust, the Argentine "Dirty War," and Japanese American internment camps through Man Ray's classic image "Noire et blanche" and Nan Goldin's "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency" to the function of family albums in nineteenth-century England and America.


Alex Hughes is professor of French at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Andrea Noble teaches in the Department of Spanish at the University of Durham, England.


"This collection of essays is a remarkable contribution to the theory and criticism of photography. Thanks to the strong editorial hand of the organizers, and the significant intelectual and literary qualities found in a majority of the texts, Phototextualities presents a new and coherent perspective on the medium of photography."


History of Photography

6 x 9 in. 304 pages 53 halftones