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Subtext

Book Description

Subtext invites and encourages personal and blatantly subjective responses to photographs and analyzes the drivers behind them. During decades of participating in critiques as both student and teacher, André Ruesch has become convinced that it is the personal response to work that connects us in the most visceral and meaningful way. This book aims to encourage and educate viewers how to read and understand photographs on a deeper level, honoring and validating their responses to photographs. This book seeks to vitalize students in the photography classroom. Rather than a dense tome of theory, this is an accessible guide to taking individual ownership of—and enjoying—the visual experience.

To be visually literate is comparable to being linguistically literate. Such literacy is necessary to engender a deeper understanding and valuation of culture: both types of literacy create, enrich, define and historically document the expression of one individual to be shared by all.    

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Dedication
  6. Quotes
  7. Table of Contents
  8. IV Foreword: An Interview with Patrick Nagatani by Ryoichi
  9. V Acknowledgments
  10. VI Introduction: For Whom This Book is Meant and How to Use It
  11. VII Prologue: The Periodic Table
  12. 1 The Velvet Hammer: The Potency of Elements
  13. 2 The Personal Galaxy: The Symbol
  14. 3 Just Fashion: A Question of Identity
  15. 4 Nike and the Butterfly: The Reversed Stereotype
  16. 5 Staying in Line: Conductivity
  17. 6 Politics: The Metaphoric Landscape
  18. 7 Henry’s Tale: The Photographic Fable
  19. 8 Moment by Moment: Elapsed Time—Eadweard Muybridge Revisited
  20. 9 The Drowned Gun: Time as Poetry
  21. 10 Split Again: The Reversed Connection
  22. 11 The Other Half: Water and Air
  23. 12 The Original: Please Touch the Art
  24. 13 The Tyranny of Borders: The Fractured Elements
  25. 14 The Holy Rosary: Belonging
  26. 15 A Conversation with God: The White Elephant in the Room
  27. 16 Superstructure: Conflation
  28. 17 Lady Like: Body Language
  29. 18 Recycling: The Image Ecology Approach
  30. 19 Appropriation: Reinterpretation
  31. 20 Dad: Titled versus Untitled
  32. 21 Speed and Stoicism: The Nature of the Elements
  33. 22 Reflection: The Literally and the Figuratively
  34. 23 Sky View: Upside Down
  35. 24 Blood is Blood: Assumption
  36. 25 Hypnagogia: Viewpoint
  37. 26 Harmonia: Rendering the Invisible
  38. 27 Snap: Breaking Point
  39. 28 Recognition: The Need for Invisibility
  40. 29 Big and Small: How We Give Thanks
  41. 30 Ammo and a Happy Meal: Be Theatrical
  42. 31 The Spider and the Net: Catch and Caught
  43. 32 Dirty Jobs: A Deceptive Comedy of Errors
  44. 33 What is to Come: Dreaming
  45. 34 The Angel and the Wasp: The Order of the Elements
  46. 35 In the End: Censorship
  47. VIII If Lost or Lonely: Get Your Work Out There
  48. IX Epilogue: Florence +The Machine
  49. X Quick Reference: Featured Artists in Alphabetical Order