"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 "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
“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
Stephen Apkon is the Founder and Executive Director of The Jacob Burns Film Center, a non-profit film and education organization located in Pleasantville, N.Y. The JBFC presents a wide array of documentary, independent and foreign film programs in a three theater state-of-the-art film complex, and has developed educational programs focused on 21st century literacy. Under Steve’s leadership, the JBFC opened a 27,000 square foot Media Arts Lab in 2009. Since its doors opened in 2001, JBFC education programs have reached over 100,000 children.
Steve serves on the boards of The World Cinema Foundation and Advancing Human Rights. He is President of Big 20 Productions; the director and producer of The Patron, a collaboration with Ido Haar; a producer of Enlistment Days, directed by Ido Haar; and a producer of I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful directed by Jonathan Demme.