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Welcome! This library research guide provides an introduction to library resources related to Photography courses.

This guide will assist you in finding books, e-books, scholarly journal articles, streaming videos, websites, and more that will help you research topics in this subject.


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Photography is defined as:


          "the art or process of producing images by the action of radiant energy and especially light on a sensitive surface (as film or an optical sensor)."



Text: "Photography." Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2016.      

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Photography: The Essential Way

Photography: The Essential Way is a departure from tradition that moves boldly into the digital age with you.  This new book embraces the new photography that is captured, shaped, transmitted, printed, and saved electronically, while retaining coverage of film and its exposure and development.  

For use in ART 110 class. Copy available for in-library use only.

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Art & Architecture Source

Art & Architecture Source is the largest full-text art research database covering fine, decorative and commercial art, as well as architecture and architectural design. With strong international coverage, it offers hundreds of full-text art journals, magazines and books, plus detailed indexing and abstracts and thousands of images.



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Photography: A Very Short Introduction

Photographs are an integral part of our daily lives from sensationalist images in tabloid papers and snapshots, to art photograpy displayed in galleries and sold through international art markets. In this thought-provoking exploration of the subject, Edwards combines a sense of the historicaldevelopment of photography with an analysis of its purpose and meaning within a wider cultural context. He interrogates the way we look and think about photographs, and considers such issues as truth and recording, objectivity and fine art, identity and memory.

Fundamentals of Photography Course

With Fundamentals of Photography, you'll learn everything you need to know about the art and craft of great photography straight from Joel Sartore, a National Geographer photographer with more than 30 years of experience. Designed for people at all levels, these 24 episodes are an engaging guide to how photographs work and how to make them work better for you.

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