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Wright, Terence (2008) Visual Impact: culture and the meaning of images. Berg Publishers. 193 pp ISBN 978 185973 468 1 (hardback) 978 185973 473 5 (pb) [Book (authored)]

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Abstract

From the office to domestic interiors to shops, images surround us in modern life. The internet has increased this visual onslaught exponentially. Is there a systematic order to this seemingly endless array of pictures and depictions? Looking at picture-making traditions around the world, the author demonstrates how schemes of depiction are ordered throughout all ages and across all cultures. Citing a wide range of examples--from painting and drawing to film, photography and the web--Visual Impact analyzes the theory and practice of visual representation. Pictures and images provide a cognitive context through which people can explore and understand their world. They frame and shape daily life. By considering the techniques and systems that inform visual displays, the author examines how cultural values and traditions shape particular visual styles. Drawing on the growing field of visual anthropology, Visual Impact sets image making in an historical and global context, and uses it as a window for exploring the human condition at a deeper level.

Item Type:Book (authored)
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > Belfast School of Art
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute
Art and Design Research Institute > Art and Conflict
ID Code:928
Deposited By:Professor Terence Wright
Deposited On:14 Dec 2009 11:59
Last Modified:18 Apr 2012 12:25

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