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The Changing Face of Portrait Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital [Hardcover]

Shannon Thomas Perich
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18 Oct 2011
A richly illustrated volume examines ten photographers' portrait work and explores the power of the portrait and the role it plays in our personal and national identities. The Changing Face of Portrait Photography explores ten groups of portraits selected from within the Smithsonian National Museum of American History's Photographic History Collection. The selections represent work by specific photographers with diverse relationships to portraiture, and through their sampling take a focused look at changing convention, theory, and technologies.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Books (18 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588342743
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588342744
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 22.2 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 639,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shannon Thomas Perich is an associate curator in the Photographic History Collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. She is the author of Richard Avedon's The Kennedy's: Portrait of a Family. She lives in Washington, DC.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 1 Jun 2013
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Published by the Smithsonian and authored by their assistant curator of the photographic collection this beautifully presented book gives an overview of trends in portrait photography over the last 170 years. It does so by reference to the work of ten photographers or groups of photographers represented in the Smithsonian's collection. There are cultural overviews, photographic trends, biographies and in the case of Dorothea Lange an essay on one image. The text is informative, well researched, often amusing and eminently readable. The images are well printed and include many well known examples and others almost unknown except to scholars. If you are interested in the development of photography this is not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Changing Face of Portrait Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital 17 Dec 2011
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My normal reaction to receiving a book of photography would be to enjoy the photos and read the captions that illustrate the photos. However, I felt compelled to read The Changing Face of Portrait Photography cover to cover. Not expecting to be drawn in, I began what I thought would be a somewhat laborious endeavor. Instead I was informed, fascinated and obliged to continue. The history of these portrait artists and their lives devoted to their pursuit of photography was astounding. I enjoyed each contribution and the building blocks that informed their work. I read it and loved it and was completely prepared to understand their achievements. When I came to the last chapter of Robert Weingarten and his contribution I understood the full circle of history of photography and why Mr. Weingarten was the face of the future and such a departure from traditional portraiture. Thank you for this beautiful informative treatise on the history of portraiture captured on film and by digitalization. I love the book and will treasure it always.
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