Photography (Art Essentials)

David Bate

An inclusive introduction to photography that elucidates the multiple, dynamic roles and character of this art form, both historically and today.

Photography has a complex relationship to art. This volume uses an innovative framework to help readers appreciate photography as its own modern art form. In his unique and insightful approach, professor of photography David Bate presents iconic photographs in chronological order alongside significant photobooks and important historical exhibitions. As with traditional art histories, where particular works are cited as examples of specific styles, this study uses archetypal photographs to represent major art movements and trends.

An inclusive and diverse guide, this account includes contributions from photographers around the world, from the birth of photography to the present day. Featuring stunning color reproductions throughout with short essays and key references on each work, Photography is set to become a definitive reference on the subject and will appeal to readers seeking an introduction, as well as to those more familiar with the medium.


David Bate


David Bate is a professor of photography at the University of Westminster, London. He has published several books and articles on photography and is coeditor of the journal Photographies.