posted by Christopher Howard — Oct 21, 2013
On the occasion of its fifteenth anniversary, caa.reviews launched a new series: Re-Views: Field Editors’ Reflections. Authored by members of the journal’s Council of Field Editors, the series provides a locus for editors to reflect upon their respective fields as seen through the lens of the reviews they have commissioned.
The first essay in the series, titled “Reflections on Photography,” is by the field editor for photography and editorial-board member Tanya Sheehan, an associate professor in the Department of Art at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. In this essay Sheehan assesses the topics, methodologies, and debates current in publications about photography over the past several years. Themes she addresses include the global reach and significance of photography, political considerations, the play between “art” and “vernacular” in photography studies, and future directions for the field.