Context & Narrative is a part of a series of several books devoted to exploring and developing an understanding of the artistic theories and technical practices of photography.
This entry to the series is book 2 of the set and looks to introduce the concepts and context and narrative to the reader.
Despite having covered a lot of reading into the concepts in Expressing Your Vision I still found the book useful and informative. As well as recovering the original foundations of the concepts the book introduces several new photographers and theorists to further research and examine.
One of the most useful aspects of the book, and others of this series, is the way the text is structured. Starting each chapter with a singular goal which builds on the previous chapter and guides the reader through a series of actions to build a conceptual idea for a project. At each point discussing the benefits of each step as well as ways to fulfil or challenge the expectation.
Some of the most useful information I took from this book was the use and clarification of nomenclature associated with artist intent, putting names to techniques or theories I had previously not considered or simply didn’t know the name for. Also the introduction of theorists on philosophy, photography and associated fields such as semiotics, all of which point the reader to further reading and potential further development.
I would recommend this book for anyone on the Context & Narrative course of study regardless of the level as there is a wealth of potential learning here to support conceptual development.