Summer Reading

Class doesn’t begin for another week, but that doesn’t mean I’ve spent my summer sitting around watching reruns of Bret Michaels Rock of Love on VH1. A fairly extensive reading list has kept me busy and looking forward to the semester.


The 5 books listed below are required reading for all students entering the MFA Photography, Video & Related Media program. All students are required to read these books and will be expected to be familiar with the material. We also strongly recommend that you read as many books as possible from the additional reading list.

Bolton, Richard. ed. The Contest of Meaning: Critical Histories of Photography. MIT Press. 1989.

Frizot, Michel, editor. A New History of Photography. Köln: Könemann. 1998.

Hall, Doug, and Sally Jo Fifer, eds. Illuminating Video: An Essential Guide to Video Art. Aperture, 1990.

Johnson, Ellen, ed. Modern Art and the Object: A Century of Changing Attitudes. Icon Editions/Harper & Row Publisher. (1976) 1995.

Rush, Michael. Video Art. Thames and Hudson, 2003

ADDITIONAL READING * are placed next to recommended texts.

Anselmo, Giovanni. The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography 1960-1982. Walker Art Center. 2003.

Campany, David. The Cinematic. MIT Press, 2007.

Campany, David. Art and Photography. Phaidon. 2007.

*Cotton, Charlotte. The Photograph as Contemporary Art. Thames and Hudson. 2004.

*Goldberg, Vicki ed. Photography in Print: 1816 to Present. University of New Mexico. 1988

*Green, Jonathan. American Photography: A Critical History 1945 to the Present. Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 1984.

Kozloff, Max. New York: Capital of Photography. Yale University Press, 2002.

Marien, Mary Warner. Photography: A Cultural History. Prentice Hall Press. 2002.

Newhall, Beaumont. The History of Photography. Museum of Modern Art, 1982.

Parr, Martin. The Photobook: A History – Volume 1 and Volume 2. London: Phaidon, Vol.1, 2004; Vol. 2, 2006.

*Phillips, Christopher. ed. Photography in the Modern Era: European Documents and Critical Writings, 1913-1940. Metropolitan Museum of Art/Aperture, 1989.

Rosenblum, Naomi. A World History of Photography. Abbeville Press, 1984.

*Solomon-Godeau, Abigail; Linda Nochlin. Photography at the Dock. University of Minnesota Press. 1994

Squiers, Carol. ed. The Critical Image: Essays on Contemporary Photography. Bay Press, 1990.

*Szarkowski, John. The Photographer’s Eye. Museum of Modern Art, 1989.

Trachtenberg, Alan ed. Classic Essays in Photography. Leete’s Island Books. 1980.

*Traub, Charles H., Steven Heller, Adam B. Bell. The Education of a Photographer. New York: Allworth Press, 2006.

Travis, David and Elizabeth Siegel, eds. Taken by Design: Photographs from the Institute of Design, 1937-1971. University of Chicago Press. 2002.

Wells, Liz. The Photograhy Reader. Routledge. 2002

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5 Responses to Summer Reading

  1. k says:

    Great reading list. Would love to know what you think about The Contest of Meaning. Richard Bolton was my teacher in grad school.

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  4. Rachel Hulin says:

    woot woot, james! can’t wait to see what you have in store for us.


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