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4.0 out of 5 stars Any student of photography should have this book, 19 May 2001
This review is from: Photography: A Concise History (World of Art) (Paperback)
Any student of Photography should have this book. It contains the factual progression of the art from its embryonic days of Fox Talbot, Bayard and Daguerre to house hold names like Bresson, Kertesz and Adams. The books journey ends around the 1970-80's, and is most iterested in the originators of photography and its processes. Cutting across history, you can't help but try and picture the characters the book introduces. Yet after finishing the book you feel that you some how know Julia Margaret Cameron, Mathew Brady or Roger Fenton. A typical chapter, is entitled 'European Society and American Nature: August Sander, Eugene Atget, Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston - two classifiers and three exponents of photograpic seeing' [chapter seven]. Along with this the book has 136 illustrations, and in the above chapter gives examples of Stieglitz's 'Equivalents' Ansel Adams 'Mono Lake' and Paul Strands 'Toadstool and Grasses'. The book is part of the 'World of Art' series, and will aide any student whether, A level, Degree, Studying for RPS or generally interested in the fascinating, and relatively young, history of photography.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Photography: A Concise History, 30 Jun 2009
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M. J. Clenton (England) - See all my reviews
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This is a must have book for students and photographic enthuasiasts who wish to learn more about the history of photography. Over ten chapters, it covers many aspects of photography from it's beginnings to photographers of the 1970's. Written by Ian Jeffrey, the book looks at the critical issues of photography and uses reknowned photographers throughout the decades to discuss this.
It contains 136 illustrations with 8 in colour.
Overall, thoroughly recommended. Ian Jeffrey is a brilliant writer, and has produced a fascinating book on the subject of Photographic History.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for photo students, 17 Feb 2012
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The book is well written and gives interesting insight in the place photography has had since its early times. It is not too academic but can be used as a very practical guide to movements and practitioners in photography. It helped me to see what traditions and examples might be interesting to further investigate for my own education.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars informative, 5 Feb 2009
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A thin book, but very informative, I have use it heavely to write my essay...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into the world of photography, 19 Sep 2013
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Used this as a core text in my photography essay and it helped a lot, gave me an insight into photographical and art history without being too full on
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5.0 out of 5 stars Photography, 21 April 2013
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A concise detailhed history of Photography, easy to read and a lot of information on the subject.
I recomend it for anyone interested in the History of Photography.
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Photography: A Concise History (World of Art) by Ian Jeffrey (Paperback - 9 Nov 1981)
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