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"Can there be anything more to say about the ascent of the image in our contemporary world? Yes! And Stephen Apkon has said it in his timely, acutely perceptive, and often impassioned book, which sets the rise of visual language in the context of the long history of communication. Anyone who wants to understand the play of word and and image in our present culture will want to read The Age of the Image."—Simon Schama, Professor of History and Art History at University of Columbia
"On the page, Apkon comes across as a curious and generous spirit. To advocate for the literacy he believes our civilization needs, he's done some useful and rigorous research on how our brains process visual information. From cave paintings to YouTube ephemera, Apkon is a keen surveyor. His appreciations are succinctly academic, his wisdom warm and teacherly."—Jonathan Kiefer, San Francisco Chronicle
"At its humblest level, his book is about the ‘language’ of film, but Mr Apkon has a larger philosophical point, too. Our culture is growing more global. While it still relies on words, they are increasingly wrapped up with images, and it is the images people remember."—Christopher Caldwell, Financial Times
"Apkon’s book is both extremely personal and pointedly instructional. It is a solid and basic college-level survey course between covers, with all manner of choice detours—interviews with YouTube’s Freddie Wong, say, and Chris Anderson, ‘curator of the visionary TED conferences’ online explaining ‘crowd-accented innovation,’ the ‘collective shaping of what we believe and read and watch [that] is going to be done more and more by nonprofessionals with a VISUAL message.’"—Jeff Simon, The Buffalo News
"The Age of the Image is nothing less than a twenty-first-century master class focused on the past, future, and current state of all things visual. Stephen Apkon is one of the leading visualists and educators of the day, and this sumptuously detailed and profound new book should be required reading for anyone who thinks about how to effectively communicate in our new world of screens."—Jonathan Demme, filmmaker, producer and screenwriter
“A passionate argument for formulating a new concept of literacy in our hypervisual times . . . Apkon offers a crisp summary of the evolving definition of literacy, from ancient French cave paintings to the modern film industry. He also provides an intriguing glimpse into cutting edge neuroscience, including a visit to a company using functional magnetic resonance imaging to measure the brain’s response to visual stimuli.”—Harvey Freedenberg, Shelf Awareness
In his new book The Age of the Image, Steve Apkon argues that it is time we understand why and how visual images are today's most powerful form of communication. This short film, created especially for the book, shows exactly how image, sound and story can be more effective than words alone.