In the 21st century the photographic image is increasingly integral to everyday communications, while, simultaneously, the culture of fame is participated in and understood by almost everyone. Photography and Celebrity is the first full-length book to explore the connections between photographs and celebrity culture. Drawing on academic debate from a wide disciplinary base, the book takes a historical and thematic approach, guiding the reader through the development of photographic images of the famous from the beginning of the medium to the present era of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.Packed with case studies from fan photography to fine art, the book analyses how photographs have been used to facilitate fame and argues that in the 21st century photography is fundamental to the production of celebrity. Aimed at students of photography, media and cultural studies, this is a comprehensive introduction to how photographs of the famous have been created, circulated and consumed that will fascinate readers seeking to understand this powerful medium.
About the Author
Stephen Bull is an artist, writer and lecturer and is currently the Course Leader for BA Photography at the University of Brighton, Brighton, UK. He is the author of Photography (Routledge, 2009) and the editor of the Companion to Photography (Blackwell, 2015).