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    Photographic Study

    A few years ago, I was sent a photography publication from a University that will remain nameless. It had a glossy cover and I think it had about 86 pages of text and contained about three images. Am I missing something here?

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    That is hard to say based on your sparse description. If it was supposed to be an exhibition catalogue, then yes, it was missing photographs. However, there are many essays, critiques, and books on photography that contain very few actual photographs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Davis View Post
    That is hard to say based on your sparse description. If it was supposed to be an exhibition catalogue, then yes, it was missing photographs. However, there are many essays, critiques, and books on photography that contain very few actual photographs.
    Allow me to expand. This was not an exhibition catalogue, but a general publication published by the photographic department.

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    For what purpose? About the department in a school catalogue for recruitment? I should note that I teach photography at a university and can say that we send out several kinds of publications with varying quantities of photographs in them depending on the purpose of the publication. So without knowing the purpose of the document, I cannot comment on the validity of the publication or participate in what I can only assume is a thread wanting to mock the usefulness of university photography departments.
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    Susan Sontag's "On Photography" book is pretty devoid of illustration.

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    Are you disappointed because you actually had to read on the subject rather than just being able to look at photos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jp498 View Post
    Susan Sontag's "On Photography" book is pretty devoid of illustration.
    I noticed that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick A View Post
    Are you disappointed because you actually had to read on the subject rather than just being able to look at photos.
    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Davis View Post
    So without knowing the purpose of the document, I cannot comment on the validity of the publication or participate in what I can only assume is a thread wanting to mock the usefulness of university photography departments.
    I am not wanting to mock the usefulness of university photography departments. I just want to understand what is going on with placing more emphasis on description and analysis than communication through visual imagery.

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    if you put together a publication for a photography department
    what would you put the emphasis on ? would you have any text?
    would it be only a certain type of imagery ?

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