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See the Light: Photography, Perception, Cognition was written by Britt Salvesen, with contributions from Todd Cronan, Antonio Damasio, Alan Gilchrist, Peitro Perona, Barbara Maria Stafford, and James Welling.

This book is a companion to the LACMA exhibition See the Light: Photography, Perception, Cognition, which highlights the museum's newly acquired Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection. The collection of more than 3,500 photographs forms one of the finest groups of nineteenth and twentieth century masterworks. The exhibit itself will have over seventy seminal photographs by Ansel Adams, Julia Margaret Cameron, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, W.H. Fox Talbot, and Edward Weston.

The book examines the power of photography and the workings of perception, and proposes an important new thesis on the interaction of photography and perception. Over one hundred works from this massive collection have been organized sequentially in four categories that build upon and complement one another: descriptive naturalism, subjective naturalism, experimental modernism, and romantic modernism.

This new arrangement of the Vernon Collection allows us to understand the interconnection between photography and visual experience. Works by history’s most acclaimed photographers are accompanied by writings in the field of cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and art history. As the art world is increasingly interconnected with science and technology, this book offers a much-needed meditation on how this synergy is played out in the area of photography.

- Hardbound
- 208 pages
- 150 color illustrations
- 2013

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