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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd; paperback edition (4 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844006093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844006090
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 2.3 x 29.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A landmark book that tells the stories behind the world's most iconic images.' --The Booksellers Buyer's Guide, 1 August 2014 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Gerry Badger is a photographer, architect, curator and critic. He has written extensively for the photographic press, and among his recent books are Collecting Photography, The Photobook: A History (with Martin Parr), and the text to a major monograph of the Berlin work of John Gossage, Berlin in the Time of the Wall (2004). Amongst the exhibitions he has curated were Photographer as Printmaker: 140 Years of Photographic Printmaking, the Arts Council of Great Britain travelling exhibition, 1981-82, and Through the Looking Glass: Photographic Art in Great Britain 1945-1989, at the Barbican Art Gallery, 1989. His own work was included in The Garden in English Art at Tate Britain, London, in 2004. Author Location: London

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Precious on 26 Feb 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent guide to the culture of photography, examining various significant photographers, mostly 20th century. There could be more actual photographs but the text is intelligently written, making interesting links between various movements and styles. It tends to jump around the timeline a bit but is all the more interesting for that. Overall, a very good, if possibly subjective, view of photographic history which does not become bogged down in academia.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Faleur on 23 Jan 2008
Format: Hardcover
I don't normally go for TV tie-in books but this book is an excellent read, and it makes you think about what photography all about.

The pictures are mainly the same as the TV series but photographs don't come over well on the box, far better to appreciate them reproduced properly and with time to see them properly.

It is a good introduction to many previously little known photographers and I was sorry when I had finished reading it as I would have liked more of the same!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alfromthe midlands on 29 Sep 2011
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If you are studying the history of the fascinating medium of photography this book is an absolute must. Everything set out in order from 1800 to the present day and unlike the DVD which it accompanies it also provides a clear, dated, timeline with a clearer explanation of changes in technology as well as photographic styles and genre. Entertainingly written by Gerry Badger and beautifully illustrated throughout. I bought both, but if had to choose between the book and the DVD, the book would be the winner.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Los Angeleno on 19 Sep 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book, made to accompany the BBC series of the same name, is a great primer in the history of photography, roughly divided into chapters that are part chronological, part subject-based.

The writing is not of the best quality - the syntax is clunky and there are plenty of howlers in here ("pour" over the archives, anyone?) - but the depth of coverage of all the major photographers and photographic styles is excellent. Flicking through the book it seems that every important image througout photographic history is reprinted here. Amateur photographers looking for examples of great work should look no further.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luis Abrantes on 4 Mar 2012
Format: Paperback
Badger presents a history of photography (up to mid 2000s) in a friendly way, balancing text and photos so you keep turning the pages effortlessly.

His texts are mostly objective and descriptive, and somewhat loosely focus on the chronology of the medium from a technological point of view and on the discussions occurred throughout time about photography's status as art, its reliability in 'telling' the truth, different paradigms and schools, as well as ethical issues about different types of photography: portraits, documentary, abstract, fine art, war, etc.

Throughout the book a number of photographers are presented and selected examples of their work (one or two images usually) shown and briefly discussed, normally on a full page, sometimes in double page and others in half page.

A timeline and a glossary of print processes are useful references presented in the end of the book.

The design is pleasant and the paper / print quality good enough to appreciate the details of the images.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ivan Lietaert on 24 Feb 2012
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This book is excellent in physical quality, and the pictures are large and well printed. I bought this book after buying and watching the DVD series with the same title. I thought it would be nice to be able to read about the many photographers in the series, and do more research on them using the internet.
The book has the same structure as the dvd episodes, but it also digresses enough from it to make it worthwhile. Some pictures from the series are missing in the book, and vice versa. This is in fact a good thing. To give one example: in a dvd episode, the American photographer Sally Mann gets lots of attention. In the book, she is mentioned in the text, but not a single photograph of her is in it. This may well be a disappointment to some, but at the same time, there are lots of pictures in the book that are not on the dvd. That way, the book is really an extension to the dvd.
The writing is quite personal and provocative (taking a stand), which gives it a modern feel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bogdan Pana on 6 Feb 2012
Format: Paperback
I've bought this book after seeing the BBC documentary and I wasn't disappointed by my acquisition. The book is very well written, the author keeps a well balanced tone throughout the chapters by giving insightful information both on the technical aspects of photography - especially in the starting chapters - and also on the artistic value of the illustrated images.
The relatively large format of the book, helps on offering large and detailed reproductions of some of the most iconic images in the history of photography.
This work addresses both photography enthusiasts and also avid art readers willing to find out more about one of the 20th century's most influential arts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Wendes on 30 Oct 2011
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The title says it all- this series was the first and perhaps only large-scale look at the history of photography. and is a must-have for anyone seriously interested in the subject.
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