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The Pleasures of Good Photographs (Aperture Ideas)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book is pretty much what you would expect from Gerry Badger. It is passionately felt and written with a genuine sense of conceern and love for the medium of photography. There are occasions when his emotions get the better of him I feel, and a personal bias for a particular form of photographic practice and useage comes through in his writing. However, he poses some extremely good questions and offers some equally interesting answers in all of the essays contained in the book. This is a book that will challenge and be of interest to all from the well informed to the new student to the medium. It should be on college reading lists. Do buy it and read it - it is worth the money!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Gerry Badger has collaborated with Martin Parr on the multi-volume The Photobook: A History and was the key contributor to the BBC TV series The Genius of Photography. He writes well and reading these essays has been a real pleasure.

Badger makes his own perspective very clear. It was Walker Evans that first excited his passion for photography and he regards John Szarkowski as the master of photographic writing. The documentary function of photography is something he sees as its core. The essay on Atget (and Szarkwoski) is rich and stimulating. There is a wonderful essay on Walker Evans. His defence of Martin Parr is worth reading although not nearly as comprehensive or convincing as I expected.

I was really intrigued by a stimulating -- but rather inconclusive -- essay on "The Quiet Photograph". I was provoked to go out and test some of the ideas and to write about my reading of that essay (and others in the book) in a blog which you can find at [...]
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on 4 July 2015
Page 11s a good read slowly working way through grate for a unaverstay or essay as it quotes and references a lot.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 October 2011
This is a inspiraring book about photography. When you read this, you would like to see all those photographs ïn the flesh". Your hunger for more photography books gets bigger. It's a good read. Love it!
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on 10 February 2015
good quality book, would recommend it
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2011
A really interesting selection of articles in a high quality production. You won't always agree with the opinions but they are always thought-provoking and stimulating.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 August 2011
Extremely well written and provides insightful views on notable photographers and their work. Well packaged and arrived quickly A***** seller
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2014
The most boring book I have had the misfortune to read.
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