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Idea of Louis Sullivan Hardcover – 2 Oct 2000
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as expected when the name john szarkowski involved, the book is a master peace.
it provides excellent reference for every one how is interested in photography.
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1956 the centenary of Sullivan's birth was the occasion of the interaction between some outstanding art photographers and his buildings.
This of course is the great MOMA curator and photographer Szarkowski photographing Sullivans. Wright, Sullivan's aide, said his were the best photos of Sullivans. Szarkowski's photos also have the unusual element of seeing the buildings interacting with their surroundings. The text is marvelous. This is a fantastic buy. I wouldn't wait until it goes out of print and costs hundreds as seems to be happening with photo books these days.
This volumes makes a great coffee table book since it's considerable strength is visual.
John Szarkowski, the greatest critic and writer that photography has ever known, photographed the work of Louis Sullivan while a young man, while on a Guggenheim Fellowship, which resulted in the publication of the first edition of this book in the 1950s. The first sentence of the preface to the new edition "Old men should not revise young men's work; they are sure to make a botch of it," introduces one of the most marvelous stories every told about the workings of the world of photography in the 20th century--a wonderful story of the old and the young--a must read for anyone hoping to understand how Szarkowski became himself.
The first edition of this book almost failed to be published, and the second edition remains virtually unknown--my first impression of the book was that it was a tribute to a great curator, a consolation prize for the years he spent in the collections of MOMA rather than on the streets as a photographer, making work--but the story he tells in the new preface is something more--the passing of blessings from the old to the young--and the glory of the young finding their power.