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Photography : a middle-brow art / Pierre Bourdieu; with Luc Boltanski... [et al.]; translated by Shaun Whiteside

Main Author Bourdieu, Pierre, 1930-2002 Coauthor Boltanski, Luc, 1940- Secondary Author Whiteside, Shaun Country Reino Unido. Publication Cambridge : Polity Press, [imp. 2003] Description IX, 218 p. ; 23 cm ISBN 978-0-7456-1715-2 CDU 77.01 316.7 19 BOURDIEU
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

The everyday practice of photography by millions of amateur photographers - the family snapshots, the holiday prints, the wedding portraits - may seem to be a spontaneous and highly personal activity. But Bourdieu and his associates show that few cultural activities are more structured and systematic than the social uses of this ordinary art.


This perceptive and wide-ranging analysis of the practice of photography brings out the logic implicit in this cultural field. The norms which define the occasions and the objects of photography serve to display the socially differentiated functions of, and attitudes towards, the photographic image and act. For some social groups, photography is primarily a means of preserving the present and reproducing the euphoric moments of collective celebration, whereas for other groups it is the occasion of an aesthetic judgement, in which photos are endowed with the dignity of works of art.

Tít. orig.: Un art moyen

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Part I The Cult of Unity and Cultivated Differences (Pierre Bourdieu)
  • The Social Definition of Photography (Pierre Bourdieu)
  • Part II Aesthetic Ambitions and Social Aspirations: The Camera Club as a Secondary Group (Robert Castel and Dominique Schnapper)
  • Mechanical Art, Natural Art: Photographic Artists (Jean-Claude Chamboredon)
  • Professional Men or Men of Quality: Professional Photographers (Luc Boltanski and Jean-Claude Chamboredon)
  • Notes
  • Index

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Pierre Bourdieu is Professor of Sociology at the Collège de France and Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.

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