Image Studies

Image Studies

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Image Studies


Image Studies: Theory & Practice
Sunil Manghani
Routledge, 2013, ISBN: 978-0-415-57340-5

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Image Studies offers an engaging introduction to visual and image studies. In order to better understand images and visual culture the book bridges between theory and practice; asking the reader to think critically about images and image practices, but also simultaneously to engage with image-making processes. Looking across a range of domains and disciplines, we find the image is never a single, static thing. Rather, the image can be a concept, an object, a picture, or medium – and all these things combined. At the heart of the book is the idea of an ecology of images, through which we can examine the full ‘life’ of an image – to understand how an image resonates within a complex set of contexts, processes and uses.

Each chapter includes a series of key features, which include:

(1) The use of extracts from key texts in the field, and/or short entries written specifically for the book by a range of authors.

(2)  A wide range of illustrations.

(3)  Keywords which link to the online glossary (see Intertext).

(4) Creative tasks with accompanying questions and commentary (see Create).

(5) Chapter summaries and suggested further reading (available here; see also Library).

Part One covers theoretical perspectives on the image, supplemented with practical entries on making, researching and writing with images. Part Two explores specific image practices and domains, with chapters on drawing and painting; photography; visual culture; scientific imaging; and informational images. A wide range of illustrations complement the text throughout and each chapter includes creative tasks, keywords (linked to an online resource), summaries and suggested further reading. In addition, each of the main chapters include selected readings by notable authors across a range of subject areas, including: Art History, Business, Cognitive Science, Communication Studies, Infographics, Neuroscience, Photography, Physics, Science Studies, Social Semiotics, Statistics, and Visual Culture.

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