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Convenient Handbook of Photography
on 4 April 2011
This is a handy and instructive introduction to some of the most memorable or famous names in photography. Photography is a relatively young art form, and most of the photographs in this collection were taken in the twentieth century. The book consists of small snippets of information about five hundred photographs and the photographers who took them. Many of the photographs deal with an important event in history (like the landing on the Moon) and have become iconic in their own right. Some photographs can be disturbing, and the viewer discretion is advised.
This is a very handy and accessible way of getting to know some famous photographers and learning about the art of photography. However, a book of this scope has its share of limitations. Aside from not being able to learn more than a few sentences about each photo or photo technique, the format of the book is rather small (the book is only 5 by 6 1/2 inches) and it doesn't do the fool justice to many of the most amazing photographs that are presented herein. The font of the text is also very small, and I find myself squinting in order to be able to read it. Nonetheless, the book is a very useful resource and I would recommend it as a convenient handbook of modern artistic photography.