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One Hundred Photographs: A Collection by Bruce Bernard [Hardcover]

Bruce Bernard , Mark Haworth-Booth , Ian Bavington Jones
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25 Oct 2002

Bruce Bernard was the leading picture editor of his generation, celebrated for his visual taste, knowledge and judgement of photography. His 30-year career culminated in the remarkable award-winning book Century, published by Phaidon in 1999.

In the 1990s he was commissioned by a private client to assemble a photographic collection, and set about acquiring a selection of images that represented, to his unique eye, the best work in the medium from the whole history of photography, ranging from nineteenth-century pioneers such as Muybridge and Fox Talbot to giants of the twentieth century such as André Kertész, Man Ray, Brassaï and Robert Frank.

These 100 photographs are the result. Bernard does not attempt to cover every period or every notable artist, but rather includes only images that truly stimulated and satisfied, and that seemed to him capable of doing so on a perpetual basis. This is a unique collection that captures, as Bernard himself put it, some of the 'magic of the medium' - photography's uncanny life-affirming qualities and unique perceptions.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; First Edition edition (25 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714842788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714842783
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 20 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 766,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'An extraordinary collection of images, drawn from virtually every photographic genre since 1840 ... the best, most aesthetically pleasing, but not necessarily the best-known images ever captured on film, salt prints and calotypes. If Century was Bruce Bernard's most expansive work, One Hundred Photographs is his most personal.' (The Sunday Times Magazine)

About the Author

Bruce Bernard (1929-2000) was Picture Editor of The Sunday Times Magazine. In 1980 he produced Photodiscovery - a highly respected account of the revolution in attitudes to photography. Bernard was Visual Arts Editor of the Saturday Independent Magazine for its first four years. He curated the exhibition 'All Human Life' at London's Barbican Centre in 1996, and was the curator of a private collection of photographs. He was the editor of the monumental Century, also published by Phaidon.

Mark Haworth-Booth is a curator and writer on photography and is Acting Head of Research at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. His other books include British Photography (1989) and Photography: An Independent Art (1997).

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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting collection 2 Aug 2008
By Dood
One reason I get books on collections of photographs is, I think, to try and make sense of the medium. It can be an unruly beast, ranging in scope from the amateur snapshot, through reportage and social documentary, on past fashion and advertising, all the way to high art. Without attempting to be comprehensive in any way, this collection touches on a number of these areas and creates an idiosyncratic overview of our little hobby.

Altough limited by time, money and availability Bruce Bernard obviously had a good eye for a photograph and, being a Sunday Times picture editor, had a penchant for the social documentary image. He was also very aware of how the person in the street reacts to, and uses, photographic images and it is possible to see this factor in a number of the selections.

The range covers most of the history of the medium and a wide range of practitioners, though perhaps too many representatives of the 'vernacular' wing (that is the amateur to you and me), and their close cousin, Anon. The first four photographs in the book perhaps give a reasonable view of how things go:
1) Picture of a Navajo Indian from 1904 by Edward S Curtis
2) Mohammed Ali from 1974 by David King
3) Couple of friends in a pub from 1983 by Graham Smith
4) A gently pornographic sequence of a woman undressing from 1940, by good old Anon.

I enjoyed the contributions from Mark Haworth-Booth (Curator of the V&A), they definitely added a further dimension to the collection.

So why not five stars? There is no real theme to the collection that I could discern and I found that a bit frustrating. Each picture stood on its own and, while I can appreciate why that is done, I was left wanting some organisational principle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Collection 27 Jun 2004
By A Customer
Although the front cover of this exquisite book is pretty bland, I can assure you the images within the covers aren't.
Every image that Bruce Bernard has specially picked out, says something and tells a story which is waiting for us to listen to.
Showing a mixture of black & white and sepia (old photos) images, there is a wide selection of photos to look at.
Bernard has picked out some fantastic images, some more artistic than others, and some from quite a few well-known photographers such as Don McCullan, Man Ray and Eve Arnold.
If you want a more sophisticated approach to a fabulous selection of images then get this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE HUNDRED DISCOVERIES 10 Nov 2003
By Michael More - Published on Amazon.com
CAMERA ARTS magazine, 2003
This book follows the format of Looking at Photographs, John Szarkowski's 1973 catalog of 100 pictures: picture on the right and a small block of explanatory text on the right.
Bernard (1928-2000) was a picture editor for British magazines who was hired by a private client to assemble a great collection. This book turns us into that wealthy patron.
There is no way Bernard could have purchased 100 pictures to equal those icons Szarkowski selected from the photo collection at the Museum of Modern Art.
But that plays to the collection's advantage. Most of these pictures we've never seen before, and for the most part they're terrific. Here's a photo of Duke Ellington "conducting with his legs." Here's a breathtaking seascape by Harry Callahan. And, oh yes: here are three panels from 1941 that combine to form a short filmstrip documenting a genre known as "cheesecake."
Bernard had an eye for the fresh discovery. His frank, witty preface is fun to read. Mark Hayworth-Booth (the photo curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London) has supplied astute comments for all the pictures, as well as a brief biography of Bernard, "a picture editor of the highest talent."
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