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Product details

  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; mini format edition (30 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071483937X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714839370
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.2 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The concept for this book is simple: 500 photographers, 500 pages. Arranged alphabetically, each of the photographers--from contemporary Dutch cameraman Hans Aarsman to mid-century New York shutterbug James Van Der Zee--gets a full, oversized page. On it is a large, expertly reproduced image and a concise caption packed with information about the photographer and his or her work. The coincidental alignment of photos of different eras and aesthetic sensibilities provides unusual and exciting contrasts that add an extra dimension to readers' perception of the work. Rineke Dijkstra's color-saturated shot of a bikini-clad beachgoer in South Carolina faces a Mike Disfarmer portrait of a rural Arkansas couple in 1943. Imogen Cunningham's inimitable Nude is here, along with a more surprising image--My Mother, Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire, a color-photo collage by painter David Hockney. With iconic photographs like Alfred Eisenstaedt's shot of a sailor and a nurse kissing in Times Square on V-J Day, historic ones like Larry Burrows's shot of wounded U.S. soldiers in Vietnam, and pop images like David LaChapelle's picture of a bodybuilder posing amid a cluster of little boys aping his stance, the scope of this visual encyclopedia is truly epic. And with its incredibly low price tag, there's no better value out there for fans of photography. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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'Phaidon has published a miracle of clarity, surprise and information in this collection… Comprehensive and witty, beautifully produced and impeccably organised…'
The Times

'The most important photography book, ever'
Practical Photography

'a useful and unpretentious taster anthology…a deft selection of images and a comprehensive choice of historic and contemporary figures.'
The Financial Times Weekend

'an astonishing collection of 500 photos, some as familiar as your own face, others a fresh shock or delight.'
New York Times

'a tantalizing survey of picture making... As you fan these pages, here is all humanity recorded with consummate care.'
Daily News, New York

'Highly recommended'
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This wonderful wonderful book has inspired me many times during my college years. Containing an image from almost every great photographer since the first photographs were produced, and countless contemporary artists, it is sure to offer something to warm, amuse, shock and amaze you everytime you turn the page.

I would most definately reccomend this book to any students, professionals, or those with a keen interest in the medium to buy this book, as it will serve you for many years to come!
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This is a handy and instructive introduction to some of the most memorable or famous names in photography. Photography is a relatively young art form, and most of the photographs in this collection were taken in the twentieth century. The book consists of small snippets of information about five hundred photographs and the photographers who took them. Many of the photographs deal with an important event in history (like the landing on the Moon) and have become iconic in their own right. Some photographs can be disturbing, and the viewer discretion is advised.

This is a very handy and accessible way of getting to know some famous photographers and learning about the art of photography. However, a book of this scope has its share of limitations. Aside from not being able to learn more than a few sentences about each photo or photo technique, the format of the book is rather small (the book is only 5 by 6 1/2 inches) and it doesn't do the fool justice to many of the most amazing photographs that are presented herein. The font of the text is also very small, and I find myself squinting in order to be able to read it. Nonetheless, the book is a very useful resource and I would recommend it as a convenient handbook of modern artistic photography.
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Format: Paperback
This book shows the best examples of the variety of ways people use their cameras. It shows that you don't need to follow in the footsteps of the masters to get great photos and the great images can be of any subject. The'documenting' photographs, such as the first landing on the moon and the murder of a judge, show a moment in time that is unique and saved on film forever. Photography is not about the great technical skills of Ansel Adams of the ways of capturing human emotion like Bill Brandt, but about capturing a persons view of the world, which all of the photographers in the book have done. Vital in anybodies book collection even if photography doesn't interest them. It's an wonderful example of how we should all stop and take time out to view the world we live in, in a different way. Especially as the mini version is avaliable.
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This book includes some classic photos mixed in with the extra ordinary . The use of text is particulally strong as it helps to solve the meaning of certain photos.The book has many strong points but one bad point is that you can't fit it into your pocket to read on the way to work!
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Examples of many well known and some perhaps less well known photographers. But also some very big omissions such as no Jane Bown. A larger format would be easier to use, the text in particular is very small and on some pages a bit feint. I have taken to use a magnifying glass to both read the text and the images. A very thick but 'stumpy' book, you need to force the pages open to reveal the full page, but its well enough bound to take this. OK value at £5.72 including postage.
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Great book for student and hobby photographers. The selection of images introduces the reader to a variety of work by famous and unknown photographers. Good starting point for more in-depth exploration of photographers' work.
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This is a great book but has been shrunk to 16.4 x 12.8cm which makes it barely legible.
I have good eyesight and struggle to read it. The photos are not big enough to study.
It would be better to buy this book in a larger size from a book shop.
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Nice little book as long as you realise the book is tiny and the photos are half the size of a postcard. That can be so hard to discern when ordering from Amazon!
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