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The Genius of Photography Paperback – Illustrated, 4 Mar 2011
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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 an alternate 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. Author Location: London
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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!
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.
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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