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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture (19 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597111406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597111409
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 17 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 424,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Wood on 26 July 2010
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There are very few photos in this book, but it is all the better for that, as the book contains some very intelligent writings on the nature of photography in a (post-)modern world, which supply answers for questions that perplex every serious photographer.

While so many photography books concentrate on the quality of various images (usually all taken in the same,or in similar - places), this one takes a more intellectual perspective, and it succeeds in de-mystifying much of the so-called "magic" that surrounds the great work of the 20th century.

So if you are interested in reading a book that concentrates on what filter to use, or how to choose the right tripod, then look elsewhere. But if you want to find clues as to why (and how) the photographic greats have achieved their greatness, then look no further
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By M on 21 April 2014
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Used this as reference for my dissertation and found it very useful - refreshing to read well informed photography theory besides the classical Sontag or Barthes. Especially if you're interested in modernist and postmodern photography.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. Chambers on 11 Mar 2013
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If you are studying photography, then this book is well worth the money, and is a must for dissertation time.
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Excellent Resource 5 Jun 2013
By Anjuli J Lebowitz - Published on Amazon.com
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The introduction on post-modernism is particularly useful for anyone at the graduate level attempting to grapple with that slippery concept.
The worst part of what was actually a great class 25 July 2014
By Jona Wissler - Published on Amazon.com
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The worst part of what was actually a great class. This book is a complete waste of time, but I love that my teacher chose such a cheap text for the class. The only upside was the low cost of the book.
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illuminating 22 Feb 2011
By Darren James Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a collection of published writings by Andy Grundberg. Although it is getting slightly out of date, it nevertheless is a good example of what photography criticism should be - to have a definite point of view, to illuminate the photographer's work that is under discussion (including its strengths and weaknesses), and to avoid falling in to the postmodern trap of what Grundberg calls "self-conscious awareness of being in a camera-based and camera bound culture" (page 7). Grundberg rightly questions and condemns this post-modernist useless view: "What postmodern art finally tells us is that things have been used up, that we are at the end of the line. That we are all prisoners of what we see" (page 17). To photographers who agree with Grundberg's assertion of what postmodern art is telling us, please put down your camera and take up bee keeping. Recommended reading.
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Not Enough illustrations 21 Feb 2012
By Olga - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a collection of articles about post-modernist photographers and covers wide range of them. However it lacks illustrations and often requires additional research for the articles to be fully understandable. Perhaps, it will work for people who are already familiar with the post-modern art.
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