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The Photography Book brings together inspiring, moving and beautiful images of famous events and people, sensational landscapes, historic Since its birth over one and a half centuries ago, photography has undergone a number of twists and turns in its progress from a practical means of documentation to an art form with its own icons, heroes, galleries and collectors. The Photography Book brings together inspiring, moving and beautiful images of famous events and people, sensational landscapes, historic moments, ground-breaking photojournalism, insightful portraits, sport, wildlife, fashion and the everyday.
Following the winning formula of The Art Book and The 20th Century Art Book, The Photography Book is arranged in alphabetical order by photographer offering us a window on the last years as it takes us on a journey through familiar and strange images by great, unknown and innovative photographers from around the world.
Each image is discussed in detail, bringing it to life and offering us an understanding of this art form which plays such a large role in our everyday lives.
An accessible, informative and easy-to-use guide, The Photography Book brings together an overview of this incredibly rich and diverse medium. A simple system of cross-referencing offers easy access to photographers working with a similar approach or using different means to capture the same subject. Glossaries of technical terms and movements and a directory of museums and galleries where photography is permanently exhibited are also included to provide a fully comprehensive volume.
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These Books of Stuff can be lazily cobbled together from whatever is lying around, but this one is well worth reading. The contextualising commentary accompanying each photograph is very helpful and almost every image in this book is captivating and challenging in some way.
I like this kind of books for one reason, one can look through them and find something that might be interesting to explore better.
And this one is a good one. Above each photograph there is a little bit about the photo, and the I like this kind of books for one reason, one can look through them and find something that might be interesting to explore better.
Above each photograph there is a little bit about the photo, and the photographer. The oldest photo is since s, and the newest from s. I have been looking through this for the past month or so, and it fascinates me. I've been interested in photography for a long time, so there is a lot of stuff in this book which I have seen before, some of my favorite photographers can be found in this book.
Photographers like Minor White, Jerry N. Uelsmann, Elliot Erwitt, to name just a few. But of course there are other that I don't like very much, like Richard Prince for example.
His re-photography concept just doesn't interest me in the least. That is to be expected for a collection of this kind. Because it has such a large scope, photographers from around the world, and through a period that spans more than a century, one can see how the medium has evolved, but there is one thing that makes that a bit tricker than it might have been.
The photographs are ordered is alphabetical, the last name of the photographer determines where the photo ends up in this book. This make it an interesting to look through, but one can't get the sense of style changing as one might have if the photos had been odprdered by the year they had been taken.
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Still I found it very interesting. Jun 24, Anton Klink rated it liked it. This book sets out to present one photo from different photographers. Although this sounds good in theory, the end result is only a middling experience. Since all the artists are listed alphabetically, the result is an eclectic and chaotic mixture of photos. This would have been a much better book, had the same contents been arranged chronologically or at least thematically.
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As it stands though, the photos jump all over the place in time and subject and this greatly hampers one's enjoyment of This book sets out to present one photo from different photographers. As it stands though, the photos jump all over the place in time and subject and this greatly hampers one's enjoyment of the book. It also seemed unfair to have some amazing, iconic photographers reduced to just one photo, which is hardly representative of their contribution to the field, whereas others could easily have been left out of the book altogether.
The print quality ranges from OK to below average. The quality may have been the norm 15 years ago when this book was printed my copy is the older large format coffee table version, not the more recent pocket size editionbut recent advances in print quality leave this book pretty much in the dust.
Even though photos shot on large glass plates still display an impressive level of detail, I've seen many of the photos in better quality in other photo books. Disappointingly, a few of the photos even appear to have been scanned from magazine or newspaper resources, displaying a tell-tale sign of moire patterns. Luckily, there are not many such examples but they still leave a bit of a bad aftertaste.
Although the book features a lot of famous photographers, not all photos are necessarily taken by photographers. For example the man on the moon photo by Neil Armstrong is iconic, but Neil himself is not really known for his photography or the photo by Lewis Carroll of his "Alice" is of certainly of interest, though Carroll himself is better remembered for his books. Some photos are by photographers, who were otherwise inconsequential, but are known by their one single iconic photo for example the hoisting of the red flag on top of the Reichstag in Yet some other photographers, with an otherwise impressive body of work, are not represented by their most famous photo at all like Steve McCurry not being represented by his haunting green-eyed "Afghan Girl" but by a much less know picture.
As for the captions, this is another one of those photo books, where the editor is trying to guess the story behind the photo by making all sorts of assumptions, either because the facts are either not available at all as with older photos or they are just not available to the editor.
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I must say I am highly sceptical of all sorts of artistic interpretations and unless you have the facts, I'd rather draw my own conclusions. Luckily not all captions are just conjectures of the editors and some photos have true backstories related by the photographers themselves, but those that don't, soon become a tiresome read.
On a more positive note, the selection of photos, though chaotic, is varied and there are some excellent photos throughout the book. Not only are all the big names are here, but you will most likely also be introduced to many photographers, whose work you may want to get to know better.
For example I found some fashion, portrait, nude and photojournalism photographers, whose books I will certainly research online.
Apart from genre specific favourites, of the biggest interest to me personally were also the historical photos done around the ss. Unlike the photos of Leibowitz, Newton or Capa, which feature in almost every "best of" photo book, these historical photos I had not seen before.
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I always feel mesmerized by being able to see the fine details of buildings, people and life from more than years ago because common sense usually tells us that there should be almost no photographic records from that era. With such a vast range of genres covered, you may find that your favourite genres are either under-represented or there are too many examples from genres you don't care about.
For example I found myself skipping all the abstract and artsy and many of the staged photos. I do realize though that it would be impossible to please everyone in a "best of" book and so both the editors and the readers will have to make compromises. In conclusion, with either a chronological or thematical arrangement, this would have made an almost excellent photo book. Unfortunately the photos are arranged alphabetically by photographers, which provides for a very chaotic reading experience.
If you take it as a coffee book only to browse here and there, this book is pretty good. If however you want to read it cover to cover, I'd say the book is simply ok.
Photography is one of those things that I feel I should know more about, so I picked this up for general education. It's a reference book, going through major and minor photographers in alphabetical order, showing one of their famous works, info about that picture, a little about them, and birth and death if relevant dates, as well as nationality.
Handy to have if you come across a reference to a photographer and you think - who??
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I need to know now! Although I suppose really these days you'd Photography is one of those things that I feel I should know more about, so I picked this up for general education. Although I suppose really these days you'd just go to the internet.
It's not a book you'd sit and read cover to cover in one go, but over the past couple of months I've been going through this, learning new things and forgetting most of them since. It's interesting, because there are a lot of photos in here that I know, but knew nothing about. And this goes from the s through to today, from portraits to geography and anthropology to photo journalism, art, abstraction.
I was also pleasantly surprised to find a local to me in here, Sutcliffe, who was a Victorian photographer who took a lot of pictures around the Whitby area. What it is: different photographs and the informational bare essentials on each of them.