Photography Performing Humor

Photography Performing Humor
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Publisher : Leuven University Press
Total Pages : 217
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ISBN-10 : 9789462701656
ISBN-13 : 9462701652
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Book Synopsis Photography Performing Humor by : Liesbeth Decan

Download or read book Photography Performing Humor written by Liesbeth Decan and published by Leuven University Press. This book was released on 2019-03-11 with total page 217 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: New perspectives on humor within photography Despite the ubiquitous presence of photographic humor in art and popular media, the phenomenon has as yet received very little scholarly attention. Focusing on staged humor rather than on comic effects of snapshot photography, this volume brings together leading scholars in the field addressing humor performed in front of the camera, often specifically created for the camera, and the performative joke-work done by the medium itself. A first section explores how photography, due to its “shattering” qualities, turns into a privileged medium for eliciting humorous effects and how humor can be discerned within the photographic event. A second section discusses the toolbox of photographic trickery (photomontage, double exposure and cinematic movement) that allows photography to mock itself. The book closes with a section on photographic wit in conceptual art, both in canonized and more locally distinct practices. With artists’ pages from Paulien Oltheten, Lieven Segers and David Helbich


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