ON THE EMERGENCE AND DEVELOPMENT OF THEORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN BULGARIA Cover Image
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По въпроса за появата и развитието на фотографската теория в България
ON THE EMERGENCE AND DEVELOPMENT OF THEORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN BULGARIA

Author(s): Katerina Gadzheva
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Photography, History of Art
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: Until the 1970s, the theory of photography in Bulgaria was regarded solely as a set of descriptions of technical specifics that photographers should be familiar with before starting their practical activities. Yet, thanks to “Bulgarian Photo” journal, a process began of rethinking this concept as “knowledge of photography”. In the late 1970s and especially in the next decade, “Bulgarian Photo” was the first in this country to publish excerpts from some of the fundamental theoretical works by authors such as Walter Benjamin, Susan Sontag, Roland Barthes, etc. At that time, the amount of photographic literature was extremely limited, and the available publications dealt only with technical problems. “Bulgarian Photo” remained the single edition providing more information about the theoretical ideas of famous Western authors. It was only in the late 1990s that some of the most important books on the theory of photography were translated and released in Bulgaria. The first theoretical book by a Bulgarian author was published in 2014. The theory of photography, however, remains an unpopular subject in Bulgaria, which is evidenced by the fact the universities providing photography courses do not include it.

  • Issue Year: 2020
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 3-8
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Bulgarian