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THE PASSIONATE CAMERA Photography and the Bodies of Desire
Edited by Deborah Bright
"An amazing collection of essays and photographs, the book is a multifaceted exploration of the body, sexuality, and consensus culture that is theoretically smart, beautifully written, and a pleasure to peruse."
-- Carol Squires, American Photo magazine
"The success of this new anthology of images and texts derives from the fact that Deborah Bright is equally gifted as an artist, a teacher, and critical theorist. The cumulative insights of THE PASSIONATE CAMERA are both vibrantly comprehensive and intensely personal."
-- Trevor Fairbrother, Seattle Art Museum
More than any other imaging medium, photographs create and reinforce our public ideals of gender and sexuality. Advertising, journalism, and fashion photographs show us how "good bodies" and "bad bodies" look and behave, while art photographs in galleries, museums, and books teach us culturally permissable modes of looking at and discussing bodies and what they represent. Whether produced directly on film or by computer, photographs are the key agents in the "commodification" of bodies and desire -- an operation necessary to sustaining a consumption-driven economy. But photography holds an even more important role in our society -- it serves as concrete evidence of "reality."
Over the past decade, there has been an explosion of new ideas and practices which challenge assumptions about gender and desire. Since the mid-1980s, gay, lesbian, and other "sex-radical" artists have been making there presence felt in non-profit galleries, film festivals, and other alternative image markets, goaded by militancy and mourning in the wake of AIDS and bolstered by the vigorous new growth in the gay and lesbian rights movements. However, the scope of work by lesbian and gay visual artists has been sporadically documented and quite often censored.
THE PASSIONATE CAMERA: Photography and Bodies of Desire (Routledge; November 12, 1998; Trade Paperback Original), edited by art historian and writer Deborah Bright, puts the spotlight on the long-ignored subject. In this intelligent and important work, Bright brings together 50 artists, scholars, and writers to address the broad range of issues in photography and sexuality. Writings by 21 authors, including Thomas Waugh, Richard Meyer, Catherine Lord, Liz Kotz, and Glen Ligon, address the importance of reinterpreting historical works by known homosexual photographers, issues in contemporary photography and sexual diversity, and the use and abuse of sexual subjects in current political campaigns and direct activism. Interwoven around these powerful, original pieces are the works of art themselves -- 49 color and 169 black and white photographs by such artists as Ajumu, Catherine Opie, Lyle Ashton Harris, Yasumasa Morimura, John O'Reilly, Sunil Gupta, and others.
For the first time, these works will be gathered together in a lucid, powerfully written testament to the power of gay and lesbian photography at the end of the 20th Century. THE PASSIONATE CAMERA is not only a major contribution to contemporary art, but also an important work about a diverse artistic movement that has been overlooked for far too long.
About the Editor: Deborah Bright is an Associate Professor of Photography and Art History at the Rhode Island School of Design. A practicing artist, she has written widely on photography and cultural issues for a number of publications, including Afterimage, Art Journal, Michigan Quarterly Review, exposure, and Views. She lives in Boston.
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