The Photography Book

June 2, 2017 - Comment

The Photography Book This is a mini edition of The Photography Book, containing every sort of photography, from pictures of famous events such as the Royal Wedding and the first landing on the moon, to familiar shots by the masters of photography such as Bill Brandt and Henri Cartier-Bresson.The concept for this book is simple:

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The Photography Book

This is a mini edition of The Photography Book, containing every sort of photography, from pictures of famous events such as the Royal Wedding and the first landing on the moon, to familiar shots by the masters of photography such as Bill Brandt and Henri Cartier-Bresson.The concept for this book is simple: 500 photographers, 500 pages. Arranged alphabetically, each of the photographers–from contemporary Dutch cameraman Hans Aarsman to mid-century New York shutterbug James Van Der Zee–gets a full, oversized page. On it is a large, expertly reproduced image and a concise caption packed with information about the photographer and his or her work. The coincidental alignment of photos of different eras and aesthetic sensibilities provides unusual and exciting contrasts that add an extra dimension to readers’ perception of the work. Rineke Dijkstra’s color-saturated shot of a bikini-clad beachgoer in South Carolina faces a Mike Disfarmer portrait of a rural Arkansas couple in 1943. Imogen Cunningham’s inimitable Nude is here, along with a more surprising image–My Mother, Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire, a color-photo collage by painter David Hockney. With iconic photographs like Alfred Eisenstaedt’s shot of a sailor and a nurse kissing in Times Square on V-J Day, historic ones like Larry Burrows’s shot of wounded U.S. soldiers in Vietnam, and pop images like David LaChapelle’s picture of a bodybuilder posing amid a cluster of little boys aping his stance, the scope of this visual encyclopedia is truly epic. And with its incredibly low price tag, there’s no better value out there for fans of photography.

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audrey frances says:

lively survey of 150 years of photography This little book contains entries for 500 photographs from around the world (heavily weighted toward the European, esp. the UK) and throughout the 150 year history of the medium; arranged alphabetically by photographer, each gets one page that contains one photo and a couple paragraphs of text, with information about the the artist and the historical context of the picture.While famous events and people are depicted, most of these photographs are not famous, but depict historic moments, beautiful landscapes, sports, wildlife, fashion or extraordinary places. The entries are brief, but the selection is wide in terms of geography, history and style, and one will find much pleasure in leafing through the pages of this delightful little book.Also included is a glossary of photographic terms and an international directory of museums and galleries which display photographs. No good index, but a delight nonetheless.

Maria says:

It’s easy to pick up and put down in your spare … I am really enjoying this little book. There is one photo per page with a short description of the photo and photographer. It’s easy to pick up and put down in your spare time.

Amazon Customer says:

This review is specifically for the large hardcover coffee table … This review is specifically for the large hardcover coffee table version of the book. It’s astounding. 500 photos by 500 photographers, ranging from the earliest daguerreotypes to today, ranging from nudes to war to landscapes to fashion and everything in between. A picture truly says a thousand words, and this book packs way more of a punch than a half million words ever could. I question some of the editing choices (where was Steve McCurry’s Afghan Girl?) but this is an absolute gem and a must for art collectors.

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