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Photography Resources


Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography, trans. Richard Howard, New York: Hill and Wang, 1981.

Geoffrey Batchen, Burning with Desire: the Conception of Photography, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1997.

Walter Benjamin, ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’ (1936), in Illuminations, London: Fontana, 1973, pp. 219-253.

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

Victor Burgin (ed.), Thinking Photography, London: Macmillan, 1982.

David Campany (ed.), Art and Photography, London and New York: Phaidon Press, 2003.

Charlotte Cotton, The Photograph as Contemporary Art, London and New York: Thames and Hudson, 2004.

T. J. Demos, Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives on Photography, London: Phaidon Press, 2006.

Emma Dexter and Thomas Weski (eds.), Cruel and Tender: The Real in Twentieth-Century Photography, London: Tate, 2003.

Steve Edwards, Photography: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Jessica Evans (ed.), The Camerawork Essays: Context and Meaning in Photography, London: Rivers Oram Press, 1997.

Vilem Flusser, Towards a Philosophy of Photography, London: Reaktion Books, 2000.

Michael Fried, Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008.

Michel Frizot, A New History of Photography, Cologne: Konemann, 1998.

Martin Lister (ed.), The Photographic Image in Digital Culture, London: Routledge, 1995.

J. J. Long, Andrea Noble and Edward Welch (eds.), Photography: Theoretical Shapshots, London and New York: Routledge, 2009.

Nathan Lyons (ed.), Photographers on Photography: A Critical Anthology, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1966.

Mary Warner Marien, Photography: A Cultural History, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2002.

W. J. T. Mitchell, Iconography: Image, Text, Ideology, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986.

Beaumont Newhall, The History of Photography: From 1839 to the Present Day, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1982.

Fred Ritchin, After Photography, London and New York: W. W. Norton, 2009.

Naomi Rosenblum, A World History of Photography, New York: Abbeville Press, 1997.

Aaron Scharf, Art and Photography, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1974.

Stephen Shore, The Nature of Photographs, London: Phaidon Press, 2007.

Susan Sontag, On Photography, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1977.

John Szarkowski, The Photographer’s Eye, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2007.

John Tagg, The Disciplinary Frame: Photographic Truths and the Capture of Meaning, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2009.

Alan Trachtenberg (ed.), Classical Essays on Photography, New Haven: Leete’s Island Books, 1980.

Liz Wells (ed.), The Photography Reader, London: Routledge, 2002.


Aperture Magazine

B&W Magazine

Blind Spot: Magazine

The British Journal of Photography

Camera Obscura


History of Photography

Lens Culture: Photography and Shared Territories

Philosophy of Photography:,id=186/

Photography and Culture

Pluk Magazine

Silvershotz: The International Journal of Photography

Source – Photographic Review

Tank Magazine


Aperture Foundation, New York

Centre for Contemporary Photography, Australia

Daguerreian Society, USA

Foam, Amsterdam

G44, Centre for Contemporary Art, Toronto

Gallery of Photography, Dublin

George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, New York

International Centre of Photography, New York

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago

An international online platform of photography and video art.

Photofusion, London


A resource for scholarship in the history of photography.

The Society for Photographic Education, USA


Auckland Festival of Photography, New Zealand

Brighton Photo Biennial, UK

Format: International Photography Festival, UK

GRID, International Photography Biennial, Netherlands

Les Rencontres d’Arles, Photography Festival, France

London Street Photography Festival, UK

New York Photo Festival, USA

Paraty em Foco,
International Photography Festival, Brazil

Photo Biennial, Thessaloniki, Greece

PhotoEspana Festival, Spain

A platform for international photography festivals with the aim to promote the development of the community of photographers.

Visa Pour l’Image, Perpignan, France

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