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on 27 February 2010
Edited by Alan Trachtenberg,the Classic Essays on Photography is a must read for those interested in the discourse surrounding photography. The book is set out in four parts and presents around thirty essays, from some of the most important figures connected to this subject. Part one looks at the formative years of photography with pieces by Daguerre, Fox Talbot and Lady Elizabeth Eastlake. Part Two shares with the viewer the debates that took place in the reign of Victoria from such figures as Baudelaire and Henry Peach Robinson. Part Three highlights topics such as social and pictorial photography with essays from the likes of, Lewis Hines, Alfred Stieglitz, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. The fourth and final part looks at recent debates and issues from people like John Berger, Roland Barthes and Paul Strand.
The names mentioned are only a few that appear in a book filled with a wealth of informative discussion about photography. Each essay is accompanied by notes written by Alan Trachtenberg. These notes aid to an understanding of the essay written and its importance to photography. Overall,it is a truly fascinating collection of essays.