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20th Century Photography: A Complete Guide to the Greatest Artists of the Photographic Age: A Complete Guide to the Greatest Artist of the Photographic Age [Paperback]

Reuel Golden
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1 Jun 2001
Twentieth-Century Photography is an indispensable and comprehensive guide to over 70 of the world's best-known photographers, from the pioneers of the early part of the century to the experimental artists who will take us into the future. Arranged in alphabetical order by photographer, each entry contains a selection of sumptuous reproductions of some of the photographer's most interesting and representative works. In addition there is an incisive appreciation of each of these most well-known or ground-breaking artists, including the technical background to their pictures, and a key facts panel detailing biographical details and the development of each photographer's career.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd; New edition edition (1 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842222392
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842222393
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 13.1 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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No other art form has pervaded almost every corner of the globe in the 20th century quite like photography. Accessible, personal, direct, it operates with the simple click of a shutter, but has a level of potential to sate the most ambitious appetite. In the 19th century it was used primarily to document and record, in the following century it blossomed into the multifarious medium that continues to develop. Portraiture, landscape, surrealism and, perhaps most significantly, photojournalism, have all had wonderful exponents who, at their best, can uniquely capture the spontaneous complexity of an instant. Perhaps it is the unpredictability of the medium that sets it apart, that can give a dangerous edge to the most carefully prepared composition. Reuel Golden has selected his most vital exponents of the craft, including several examples of their oeuvre accompanied by a brief biography and crib- notes. In arranging them alphabetically he gives unity to the creator rather then the art or the history, which produces a lucky dip of delights that can bear unexpected treasures. On the dust-jacket he admits his favourite snapper to be Helmut Newton, an influence reflected in his selection's unduly heavy bias towards fashion photography. As with any collection of the "best", what strikes one most is who hasn't been included, and here perhaps the list is too long: Robert Frank, Robert Mapplethorpe, Man Ray, Walker Evans, Diane Arbus, Lee Miller, Don McCullin, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn. For some reason, presumably copyright, none of these seminal artists appear and the collection is less than comprehensive for their omission. However, there is much also to discover, or re-discover, from the classic images of Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bill Brandt, Jacques-Henri Lartigue and Weegee, to the more modern, but no less exciting, works of the likes of Martin Parr, Cindy Sherman and Nick Knight. Part of a glossily well- produced series by Carlton Books, which includes the rather marvellous C20th Architecture by Jonathan Glancey, Golden's volume should be read more as a useful introduction to the subject than a definitive study--for that, one should train one's eyes, or biceps, to Bruce Bernard's gargantuan Century. --DavidVincent --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Reuel Golden was editor of the British Journal of Photography for six years. He has also lectured on photography, appeared on television, judged many photographic competitions, including the John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award, and written for British newspapers. He now lives and works in New York, as a Contributing Editor on Photo District News and Executive Editor of PIX. His favourite photographer of all time is Helmut Newton.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars katie's reveiw 2004 6 Mar 2004
By katie
Format:Paperback
this book is an excellent source of inspiration for an aspiring photographer. the colour and black and white photos are an ideal reference and will keep you hooked on photography. i would recomend this book to anyone who wants to be a photographer or just anyone who likes looking at well organised and stunning images from the 20th century.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! 29 Jun 2001
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Format:Paperback
This book shows the best examples of the variety of ways people use their cameras. It shows that you don't need to follow in the footsteps of the masters to get great photos and the great images can be of any subject. The'documenting' photographs, such as the first landing on the moon and the murder of a judge, show a moment in time that is unique and saved on film forever. Photography is not about the great technical skills of Ansel Adams of the ways of capturing human emotion like Bill Brandt, but about capturing a persons view of the world, which all of the photographers in the book have done. Vital in anybodies book collection even if photography doesn't interest them. It's an wonderful example of how we should all stop and take time out to view the world we live in, in a different way. Especially as the mini version is avaliable.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Lost in the mail 26 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I don't really hate it because I never got to have a look at it.
What I ordered cost 0.1p (no mistake). What I think was that somebody in sales messed up
and then gave me a lame excuse! What else could I think!
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