Reading images

Reading Images

Cover of “Reading Images: The Grammar of Visual Design” By Kress & van Leeuwen (2006), Publisher: Barnes & Noble

After having read and worked with Machin & Mayer’s (2012) book How to Do Critical Discourse Analysis, I have started to read Reading images: the grammar of visual design by Gunther Kress and Teo van Leeuwen, where the authors examine the ways in which images communicate meaning. This book is not available as a free preview to embed, but I link to an extract HERE and at Google books there is an extract from the 1st edition from 1996  available.

 

References:

Kress, G. & Van Leeuwen, T. (1996). Reading images: the grammar of visual design. London: Routledge.

Kress, G.R. & Van Leeuwen, T. (2006). Reading images: the grammar of visual design. (2. ed.) London: Routledge.

Reading Images and Film

In multimdodal analysis there is a need to ‘read’ more than traditional text, such as images and film.

Reading Images by Günther Kress and Theo van Leeuwen (2006) is described by the publisher as,

Reading Images focuses on the structures or ‘grammar’ of visual design – colour, perspective, framing and composition – provides the reader with an invaluable ‘tool-kit’ for reading images and makes it a must for anyone interested in communication, the media and the arts.

There is also the conference presentation “Reading Images: Multimodality, Representation and New Media” (Günter Kress, 2004), where you can read the paper and watch/listen to the presentation. The embedded film works without problems with Google Chrome but you may experience difficulties watching if you are using other browsers.


References

Images:

Kress, G.R. (1990). Reading images. Deakin, Victoria: Deakin univ., Press.

Kress, G. R., & Van Leeuwen, T. (1996). Reading images: The grammar of visual design. Psychology Press.
Kress, G. (2004). Reading images: Multimodality, representation and new media. Information Design Journal, 12(2), 110-119.

Kress, G.R. & Van Leeuwen, T. (2006). Reading images: the grammar of visual design. (2. ed.) London: Routledge. (extract at Google books)

 

Film:

Bateman, J and Schmidt, H (2012) Multimodal Film Analysis: How Films Mean. London: Routledge

Burn A & Parker D (2001), ‘Making your Mark: Digital Inscription, Animation, and a New Visual Semiotic’, Education, Communication & Information, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp 155-179

van Leeuwen, T (1985) ‘Rhythmic Structure of the Film Text’, in van Dijk (ed), Discourse and Communication, Berlin: de Gruyter.