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Photographers A-Z [Hardcover]

Hans-Michael Koetzle
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15 Mar 2011
This title deals with masters and monographs. This is an encyclopedia of 20th century photographers and their finest publications. This is a comprehensive overview of the most influential photographers of the last century and their finest monographs. Arranged alphabetically, this biographical encyclopedia features every major photographer of the 20th century, from the earliest representatives of classical Modernism right up to the present day. Richly illustrated with facsimiles from books and magazines, this book includes all the major photographers of the last hundred years - especially those who have distinguished themselves with important publications or exhibitions, or who have made a significant contribution to the culture of the photographic image. The 400 entries include photographers from North America and Europe as well as Japan, Latin America, Africa, and China. "Photographers A-Z" focuses on photographic images and culture, but also features photographers working in 'applied' areas, whose work goes beyond the merely illustrative, and is regarded as photographic art or is conserved by major museums, such as Julius Shulman, Terry Richardson, Cindy Sherman, and David LaChapelle, etc. Featured photographers include: Ansel Adams, Manuel Alvarez-Bravo, Nobuyoshi Araki, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, David Bailey, Elmer Batters, Peter Beard, Cecil Beaton, Werner Bischof, Guy Bourdin, Bill Brandt, Robert Capa, William Claxton, Anton Corbijn, Robert Doisneau, William Eggleston, Masahisa Fukase, Ron Galella, Nan Goldin, Jean-Paul Goude, John Heartfield, Eikoh Hosoe, George Hoyningen-Huene, Seydou Keita, William Klein, Nick Knight, Neil Leifer, Peter Lindbergh, Man Ray, Robert Mapplethorpe, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Helmut Newton, Martin Parr, Irving Penn, Pierre et Gilles, Bettina Rheims, Leni Riefenstahl, Sebastiao Salgado, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, Kishin Shinoyama, Jeanloup Sieff, Lord Snowdon, Bert Stern, Larry Sultan, Mario Testino, Wolfgang Tillmans, Ellen von Unwerth, Andy Warhol, Bruce Weber, Weegee, Gary Winogrand and many more.

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  • Hardcover: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH (15 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836511096
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836511094
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 22.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hans-Michael Koetzle is a Munich-based freelance author and journalist, focusing mainly on history and the aesthetics of photography. He has published numerous books on photography, including Die Zeitschrift twen (1995), Photo Icons (2001), Das Lexikon der Fotografen (2002), and Rene Burri (2004).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Snap 19 Mar 2011
A fascinating book about four hundred photographers that obviously invites comparison with Phaidon's The Photography Book which featured five hundred alphabetically. Both books come from European publishers and reflect a world view of the art though I thought Koetzle's was perhaps a more personal choice.

There is an important visual difference between the two books that might be relevant to potential buyers. The Phaidon book has a simple format of one large photo a page and some short biographic detail about the photographer and it works well enough. The Taschen title presents the photos as facsimiles from a photographer's published books so the actual shots are really large thumbnails, very similar to Parr and Badger's two volume history of the photo book. As a publication designer I love this format but it might not suit everyone especially if they expect to see large photos in their art books.

As well as the book spreads each photographer has a hundred words or so biography and a selective exhibition and book listing. The four hundred chosen by Koetzle for inclusion do seem to me rather personal. Jack Delano and Russell Lee are not included, Julius Shulman is but not Ezra Stoller. Magazine art directors Alexander Liberman and Alexey Brodovitch are here and so is painter David Hockney but James VanDeZee isn't. Still, there are a lot of European and Japanese camera folk I'm not familiar with so turning the pages was a pleasant bit of photographic serendipity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Photographers A-Z 8 Sep 2011
By Ollivia
Had found this book in Waterstones but it was twice the price I found on Amazon. Book is beautiful and is furthering my education about photographers and their styles. Is worth buying if your interest in photography goes past the camera.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 17 Mar 2014
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This book has helped me a lot with my University work. Brilliant layout, and easy to read. I would definitely recommend it.
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By Zaggog
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Fantastic coffee table / reference book which gives you a short insight into (most of) the photography greats. It's Taschen so the quality is great. It's big and clever and it might just introduce you to some artists you've never heard of. Inspirational...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unpleasantly surprised... 6 Jan 2013
By L. Hrda
This is indeed a fascinating book of many-many first-class photographers till could get overwhelmed by the extensive A-Z catalog of celebrated artists. There is one flaw though, and a major one...Eadweard Muybridge is not there! How could anyone miss this prominent figure in photographic history from the A-Z list? I wish I could get my money back and buy another photographic bible that has not made the same mistake.
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