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The Spoken Image: Photography and Language
Clive Scott

The Spoken Image, Clive Scott

The Spoken Image, Clive ScottThe Spoken Image: Photography and Language
Clive Scott
Reaktion Books


356 pages
155 x 235 mm


Language has always been central to the meaning and exploitation of photographic images. However, the various types and “styles” of language associated with different photographic genres have been largely overlooked. This book considers the nature of photography, examining the language used in titles, captions and commentaries, particularly as they relate to documentary photography, photojournalism and fashion photography.

The Spoken Image addresses the question of how the photograph communicates its message, with or without the aid of language. The book looks at the work of film-makers such as Antonioni and Greenaway to contrast filmic methods of narration with those of photography. Scott concludes that photography has arrived at a level of communicative sophistication equal to that of modern textual narratives, in conjunction with which it often works.

About the Author
Clive Scott is a professor of European Literature at the University of East Anglia and the author of many ground-breaking books on French poetry.

About the Publisher
An independent publisher of innovative non-fiction since 1985, Reaktion now produces around 90 new titles each year, and has nearly 1000 titles in print. Our list ranges widely across art and visual culture, Asian culture, biography, food history, general history, music, natural history, philosophy, politics and popular science.

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