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The Pleasures of Good Photographs (Aperture Ideas) [Paperback]

Gerry Badger
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14 Jun 2010 Aperture Ideas
The Pleasures of Good Photographs is an intellectual and aesthetic excursion led by Gerry Badger, one of the fields eminent critics and popular writers. In this new volume of essays, Badger offers insight into some of his favorite images, artists, and themes, drawing upon nearly three decades of experience writing and thinking about photography. With deep discernment and a readable mixture of scholarly finesse and wit, Badger describes the meanings of work by dozens of photographers, from Dorothea Lange and Eugène Atget to Martin Parr, Luc Delahaye, Susan Lipper, and Paul Graham. Among the broader topics discussed are the photobook, where Badger believes photography sings its loudest and most complex song, and Photoshops role in art-making. An interlude at the heart of the book pairs the authors evocative meditations with nearly a dozen particular images. Alongside some of Badgers classics, The Pleasures of Good Photographs showcases primarily new essays, making it an important addition to the canon of photographic writing.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture (14 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597111392
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597111393
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.8 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Gerry Badger - Also a pleasure 16 July 2012
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This book is pretty much what you would expect from Gerry Badger. It is passionately felt and written with a genuine sense of conceern and love for the medium of photography. There are occasions when his emotions get the better of him I feel, and a personal bias for a particular form of photographic practice and useage comes through in his writing. However, he poses some extremely good questions and offers some equally interesting answers in all of the essays contained in the book. This is a book that will challenge and be of interest to all from the well informed to the new student to the medium. It should be on college reading lists. Do buy it and read it - it is worth the money!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The documentary "core" of photography defended 16 Jun 2012
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Gerry Badger has collaborated with Martin Parr on the multi-volume The Photobook: A History and was the key contributor to the BBC TV series The Genius of Photography. He writes well and reading these essays has been a real pleasure.

Badger makes his own perspective very clear. It was Walker Evans that first excited his passion for photography and he regards John Szarkowski as the master of photographic writing. The documentary function of photography is something he sees as its core. The essay on Atget (and Szarkwoski) is rich and stimulating. There is a wonderful essay on Walker Evans. His defence of Martin Parr is worth reading although not nearly as comprehensive or convincing as I expected.

I was really intrigued by a stimulating -- but rather inconclusive -- essay on "The Quiet Photograph". I was provoked to go out and test some of the ideas and to write about my reading of that essay (and others in the book) in a blog which you can find at [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 22 Oct 2011
This is a inspiraring book about photography. When you read this, you would like to see all those photographs n the flesh". Your hunger for more photography books gets bigger. It's a good read. Love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super book written in bite sized chunks 17 Aug 2011
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Extremely well written and provides insightful views on notable photographers and their work. Well packaged and arrived quickly A***** seller
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection 9 Aug 2011
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A really interesting selection of articles in a high quality production. You won't always agree with the opinions but they are always thought-provoking and stimulating.
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