Thursday, 25 April 2013

Dawsonera - new era

Users of ebooks may have noticed recently that Dawsonera have tweeked the interface a little.  They've produced a completely over-the-top YouTube video, which uses a Star Wars-inspired section of Holst's "The Planets" to introduce the developments if you want a look.

Otherwise, take a gander at where you can see the new interface (sign in via Shibboleth).  From what I can see the principal developments are: a fresher look and feel; more prominent 'My Bookshelf'; improved searching; and social media integration.

I accessed Lucy Soutter's Why art photography? on my ipad, which worked very well in 'read online' mode (but did not work in 'download' mode).  This new text is an important and very accessible survey of discussions around art photography, and well worth a look.  I expect this to quickly  become a key text on reading lists from next year.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Photography theory - which are the most borrowed texts?

I recently ran a report to see which of the photography theory books are most frequently borrowed from the library.  The following list shows the top twenty for the previous two years.  Camera lucida came top.

See all the books (in A-Z order) on Library Search here.

Family snaps : the meaning of domestic photography
Jo Spence; Patricia Holland
London : Virago 1991

Photography theory
James Elkins
London : Routledge 2007

The art of interruption : realism, photography, and the everyday
John Roberts (John Charles)
Manchester; New York : Manchester Universtiy Press 1998

Light matters : writings on photography
Vicki Goldberg
New York : Aperture 2005

The photograph as contemporary art
Charlotte Cotton
London : Thames & Hudson c2004

Why photography matters as art as never before
Michael Fried
New Haven : Yale University Press 2008

Spectral evidence : the photography of trauma
Ulrich Baer
Cambridge, Mass. ; London : MIT 2002

The spoken image : photography and language
Clive Scott
London : Reaktion 1999

Over exposed : essays on contemporary photography
Carol Squiers
New York : New Press 1999

Photography and cinema
David Campany
London : Reaktion 2008

Stillness and time : photography and the moving image
David Green; Joanna Lowry
Brighton : Photoworks / Photoforum 2006

Photography : the key concepts
David Bate
Oxford : Berg 2009

The cinematic
David Campany
London : Whitechapel ; Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press 2007

On photography
Susan Sontag 1933-2004
London : Penguin 2002

Art and photography
David Campany
London : Phaidon 2003

Photography : a critical introduction
Liz Wells 1948-
4th ed. London : Routledge 2009

The burden of representation : essays on photographies and histories
John Tagg
Minneapolis, Minn. : University of Minnesota Press 1993

The photography reader
Liz Wells
London : Routledge 2003

Thinking photography
Victor Burgin
London : Macmillan 1982

Camera lucida : reflections on photography
Roland Barthes
London : Vintage 1993, 1981

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards

I'm grateful to the World Photography Organisation website for news of this year's Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards for photography and moving image.  The shortlists have just been announced.


For photography the following books were shortlisted:
  • *Everything Was Moving: Photography from the 60s and 70s / Kate Bush (Barbican Art Gallery)
  • Billy Monk / Billy Monk (Dewi Lewis)
  • *War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath / Anne Wilkes Tucker, Will Michels and Natalie Zest (Yale University Press)

The longlist also included:
  • Algeria / Dirk Alvermann (Steidl)
  • Uncle Charlie / Marc Asnin (Contrasto)
  • *Chris Killip: arbeit / work / David Campany and Ute Eskildsen (Steidl)
  • On the Mines / David Goldblatt and Nadine Gordimer (Steidl)
  • *Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop / Mia Fineman (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
  • Sarah Angelina Acland: First lady of Colour Photography / Giles Hudson (Bodleian Library, University of Oxford)
  • *Mikhael Subotzky: Retinal Shift / Mikhael Subotzky and Anthea Buys (Steidl)

Items with an asterisk are either in stock or on order.

Moving image

In the moving image category, the following books were short-listed:
  • 39 Steps to the Genius of Hitchcock / James Bell (ed.) (British Film Institute)
  • First Films of the Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and the Genocide of the Jews, 1938-46 / Jeremy Hicks (University of Pittsburgh Press)
  • *Hollywood Costume / Deborah Nadoolman Landis (V&A Publishing)

The longlist also included:
  • Audiences: Defining and Researching Screen Entertainment Reception / Ian Christie, ed. (Amsterdam University Press) Available here:
  • The James Bond Archives / Paul Duncan (Taschen)
  • *Ealing Revisited / Mark Duguid et al (British Film Institute)
  • The Art and Making of the Dark Knight Trilogy / Jody Duncan Jesser and Jannine Pourroy (Abrams)
  • *Behind the Scenes at the BBFC: Film Classification from the Silver Screen to the Gilded Age / Edward Lamberti (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • *The Cinema of Tarkovsky: Labyrinths of Space and Time / Nariman Skakov (I.B. Tauris)
  • Publisher Ilex for the 2012 books from their series Filmcraft: Costume Design, Production Design, Editing, Cinematography, Directing

Items with an asterisk are either in stock or on order.


All books will be displayed at Somerset House in London as part of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition (26th April to 12th May).  The winners will be announced at a ceremony to open the exhibition on the 25th April.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

OER (Open Educational Resources)

This is a quick post for academic staff rather than students.  If you've heard of 'OER's, and want to know more, have a look at a very natty guide from Jisc.  Available here: A guide to open educational resources.