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A disappointing account of the history of the photograph, 14 Aug 2009
After thoroughly enjoying EH Gombrich's The Story of Art, I was hoping that this book might do the same for the history of the photograph. Unfortunately I found it to be far too wordy and too essay-like to serve as an essential guide to the subject. Had it been written in plainer english there would have been room to include information about more photographers and photographs. The author also seems to read too much meaning into some of the pictures, which probably never entered the photographer's head. Perhaps I just made a bad choice with this book, but if, like me, you are looking for a text book to give you a good grounding in the history of photographic art, I recommend that you look elsewhere.