The Tourist Gaze, Third Edition restructures, reworks and remakes the groundbreaking previous versions making this successful book even more relevant for tourism students, researchers and designers in the new century. The tourist gaze remains an agenda setting theory, incorporating new principles and research. Packed full of fascinating insights this new edition is fresh and contemporary, intelligently broadening its theoretical and geographical scope and providing a nuanced account which responds to various critiques.The book has been significantly revised to include up-to-date empirical data, many new case studies and fresh concepts. Three new chapters have been added which explore photography and digitization, embodied performances, risks, and alternative futures.Innovative and informative, this book is essential reading for all involved in contemporary tourism, leisure, cultural policy, design, economic regeneration, heritage and the arts.

Vision and Photography

Vision and photography


We have argued that vision is central to tourism experience. However, there is nothing inevitable or natural about this organising power of vision. Indeed, there was a centuries-long struggle for visuality to break free from other senses with which it had been entangled. Here we begin by examining the history of visuality and what is meant by the idea of seeing and in turn being seen, and how vision became the dominating sense in modern societies. We pay particular attention to the profusion of new visual technologies and urban spaces.

Second, we link vision and the tourist gaze with the medium of photography, the most important technology for developing and extending the tourist gaze. Osborne describes: ‘the ultimate inseparability of the ...

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