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Sutton's is an ambitious project that seeks a new way of understanding the photographic image through the lens of cinema or, rather, through the film theory of Gilles Deleuze and his notion of the "crystal image of time." Sutton (Glasgow School of Art) argues that the photograph is an idea that saturates how one lives and conceives of the world. And it is out of this idea that photography and cinema, as artistic practices and cultural artifacts, emerge. Sutton argues that photography is an event that "compresses" time and space. His argument hinges on Deleuze's concept of the "crystal image of time," which, in cinema, refracts time in two directions, toward the past and future, in the process exposing a gap between "pure time," that is, pure becoming and chronological time. Both cinema and photography derive their power from this gap. Not all photography, however, achieves this aspiration and becomes, as he calls it, a "time-image." And so Sutton's study does not offer merely a new theory of photography, it offers insightful criticism of the photographic tradition, as the author discusses the work of Eugene Atget, Nan Goldin, Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, and others. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students through faculty/researchers. D. A. Siedell University of Nebraska-Omaha
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