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The Genius of Photography Hardcover – Illustrated, 7 Sep 2007

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd; 01 edition (7 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844003639
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844003631
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 2.8 x 30.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A landmark book that tells the stories behind the world's most iconic images.' --The Booksellers Buyer's Guide, 1 August 2014 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Gerry Badger is a photographer, architect, curator and critic. He has written extensively for the photographic press, and among his recent books are Collecting Photography, The Photobook: A History (with Martin Parr), and the text to a major monograph of the Berlin work of John Gossage, Berlin in the Time of the Wall (2004). Amongst the exhibitions he has curated were Photographer as Printmaker: 140 Years of Photographic Printmaking, the Arts Council of Great Britain travelling exhibition, 1981-82, and Through the Looking Glass: Photographic Art in Great Britain 1945-1989, at the Barbican Art Gallery, 1989. His own work was included in The Garden in English Art at Tate Britain, London, in 2004.


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Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent guide to the culture of photography, examining various significant photographers, mostly 20th century. There could be more actual photographs but the text is intelligently written, making interesting links between various movements and styles. It tends to jump around the timeline a bit but is all the more interesting for that. Overall, a very good, if possibly subjective, view of photographic history which does not become bogged down in academia.
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I don't normally go for TV tie-in books but this book is an excellent read, and it makes you think about what photography all about.

The pictures are mainly the same as the TV series but photographs don't come over well on the box, far better to appreciate them reproduced properly and with time to see them properly.

It is a good introduction to many previously little known photographers and I was sorry when I had finished reading it as I would have liked more of the same!
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If you are studying the history of the fascinating medium of photography this book is an absolute must. Everything set out in order from 1800 to the present day and unlike the DVD which it accompanies it also provides a clear, dated, timeline with a clearer explanation of changes in technology as well as photographic styles and genre. Entertainingly written by Gerry Badger and beautifully illustrated throughout. I bought both, but if had to choose between the book and the DVD, the book would be the winner.
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This book, made to accompany the BBC series of the same name, is a great primer in the history of photography, roughly divided into chapters that are part chronological, part subject-based.

The writing is not of the best quality - the syntax is clunky and there are plenty of howlers in here ("pour" over the archives, anyone?) - but the depth of coverage of all the major photographers and photographic styles is excellent. Flicking through the book it seems that every important image througout photographic history is reprinted here. Amateur photographers looking for examples of great work should look no further.
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This book is excellent in physical quality, and the pictures are large and well printed. I bought this book after buying and watching the DVD series with the same title. I thought it would be nice to be able to read about the many photographers in the series, and do more research on them using the internet.
The book has the same structure as the dvd episodes, but it also digresses enough from it to make it worthwhile. Some pictures from the series are missing in the book, and vice versa. This is in fact a good thing. To give one example: in a dvd episode, the American photographer Sally Mann gets lots of attention. In the book, she is mentioned in the text, but not a single photograph of her is in it. This may well be a disappointment to some, but at the same time, there are lots of pictures in the book that are not on the dvd. That way, the book is really an extension to the dvd.
The writing is quite personal and provocative (taking a stand), which gives it a modern feel.
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Format: Hardcover
Bought this and its great.

I bought it for a present it came with out shrikwrap. So I thought whats the harm in looking, I sat and read the entire book in an evening, it is a fantastic read on the history of photography its themes and giants in the field, buy it go on it really is that good.
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Great book that goes with the excellent BBC series of the same name. Quality photographs from a variety of the best and most influential photographers the world has seen. Highly recommend as a reference or coffee table purchase!
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The history of photography brought in context and sequence. Short, entertaining and educating.
A must have for everyone interested in the medium.
Should companion the BBC Series DVD, however - but can work alone, of course.
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