Words Without Pictures

Words Without Pictures (Aperture, $25 paper; Amazon), formerly available as print-on-demand through Lulu.com, has been published as part of the Aperture Ideas series.

A table of contents is online at wordswithoutpictures.org, where the project progressively developed online from 2007 to 2009. Among the contributors listed online are George Baker, Christopher Bedford, Johanna Burton, Joshua Chuang, Catherine Grant, Mark Godfrey, Karen Hellman, Phillip Prodger, Jason Smith and Irina Tchmyreva. Along with several panel discussions, the book includes essays such as:

  • Christopher Bedford, “Qualifying Photography as Art, or, Is Photography All It Can Be?”
  • Jason Evans, “Online Photographic Thinking”
  • Kevin Moore, “foRm”
  • Mark Wyse, “Too Drunk to Fuck (On the Anxiety of Photography)”
  • Klein, “Remembering and Forgetting Conceptual Art”
  • Darius Himes, “Who Cares About Books?”
  • Charlie White, “Minor Threat”
  • Cotton, “Process, Content, and Dissemination: Photography & Music”
  • Sze Tsung Leong, “A Picture You Already Know”
  • Marisa Olson, “Lost Not Found: The Appropriation of Images in Digital Visual Culture”
  • Walead Beshty, “Abstracting Photography”
  • Baker, “Photography and Abstraction”

Excerpts and comments are online at Notesonlooking.com (August 6th, August 7th).