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1940s: Images of the 20th Century (Images of the 20th Century - Getty Images) Paperback – 15 Nov 2006

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Konemann (15 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English, German, French
  • ISBN-10: 3833110805
  • ISBN-13: 978-3833110801
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.2 x 16.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 967,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A collection of photographs drawn from the Getty Images collection presented in ten volumes. Trilingual throughout (English/German/French)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Aug. 2000
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This surprisingly reasonable priced Picture Collection contains well presented photographs of excellent quality. The book's photographs are quite large and clear and are each accompanied with a brief caption. They are all extraordinary photographs which succeed in capturing the spirit of the decade. This book is by far the best in the series as it mainly covers the Second World War (if your interested in that period). My only criticism is that the book's dimentions are slightly awkward. Overall it is a very nostalgic and interesting collection.
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A thought provoking book. Some brilliant but disturbing photos that tell it like it was.
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Each one is worth much more than a thousand words 20 Jan. 2003
By Andrew McCaffrey - Published on Amazon.com
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In a decade dominated by war, the majority of these 1940s photographs are also primarily concerned with that conflict. The first four chapters (out of eleven) deal exclusively with that topic, and World War II also features heavily in some of the later sections. It's an interesting collection of photographs, being a mixture of professional photographers documenting historic events and snapshots taken by ordinary people of commonplace items that are notable now purely for their vintage quality.
The photos that do chronicle the Second World War are outstanding, though those few that detail the various atrocities can make for difficult viewing. Pictures of bravery and heroics sit side by side with images of pure human suffering. Sacrifices at home are shown next to the work being done abroad. This is a well-done summation of those war years in all their different facets.
War is not the only subject catered to in this collection. Sports, fashion, show business, and other events of the post-war years are dealt with. Several celebrities of the day make cameos on these pages, but the primary focus is upon the regular people going about their everyday business; the entertainers are confined to making moral boosting visits to overseas troops. A selection of delightfully goofy pictures is a welcome change from some of the weightier offerings. Seeing Miss Italy knocking out Miss England, Ingrid Bergman chuckling at Alfred Hitchcock, or a Russian solder dancing with an American serviceman is a great antidote to the more depressing and destructive scenes.
The black and white photography here offers us a great insight into the way of life during the 1940s. Each photograph is captioned in English, German and French, but it's not those few words that will be sticking in your memory. There are some unforgettable images that have been captured here. They were stored for decades in plastic and glass, but many of them will now be imprinted in the minds of anyone who peruses this picture book. The photographs here are priceless.
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Great collection of relatively unknown photos of the forties 3 Dec. 2002
By Robert Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the better volumes in the marvelous Decades of the 20th Century series edited by Nick Yapp of photographs from the Hutton Getty Picture Collection. To be honest, this was such a fascinating decade that it would have been extremely difficult to have failed to come up with a great collection. The decade was, of course, dominated by WW II, but the photographs collected in this volume are for the most part completely unfamiliar. But because the photographs are absolutely first rate, the reader can feel that he or she is looking at the war with new eyes. I was particularly interested, for instance, in the photographs of the personal bomb shelters that were used in London during the Blitz.
I recently friends and relatives, and had a different volume edited by Nick Yapp from the Hutton Getty Collection. It was a lot of fun seeing one person, and then another, pick up the book, look at a picture or two, and then go back to the beginning and look page-by-page through the entire collection. These books are not only extremely informative and illuminating of the decades of the previous century, but enormously entertaining.
As I work through each volume in the series, I find the quirks of the series to be increasingly endearing. Like most Americans, cricket has about as much interest for me as bingo, but it is fun to see each volume celebrate cricketeers who are utterly unknown in the U.S. I can imagine that the Anglo-European slant of the volumes would be irritating to some. Few pictures of American everyday life are included. For the most part, Americans pictured are celebrities, athletes, or political figures. Nonetheless, I love all the volumes in the series that have been published so far, and am very excited about the forthcoming additional books that will complete the collection.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Hardest years of this century in pictures 29 Dec. 2000
By Nikola Grendov - Published on Amazon.com
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This book interested me, in the first because of its pictures. Here you can find a drama, chaos, living and world of little man through pictures on order of appearance. How someone visely sad "one picture speaks a 1000 words" I can also say that this is right to say for this book. Also you can buy it for an low price and anjoy for some time. Recommedation...
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great photography, insight into the past 8 May 2012
By Marieann Curiel - Published on Amazon.com
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i ordered this book because i wanted to use some of the historical pictures from that era as art references; this is a really awesome book, i recommend for anyone interested in that era, or simply on the photography of that time, its not a big book, kinda small, but still great :)
Four Stars 1 Jun. 2015
By William C. Goetz - Published on Amazon.com
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A great picture book
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