The Photography Book Paperback – 30 Apr 2000
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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.
'Phaidon has published a miracle of clarity, surprise and information in this collection… Comprehensive and witty, beautifully produced and impeccably organised…'
'The most important photography book, ever'
'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
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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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is wonderful - the only reason it didn't get 5 stars is that it is small. I couldn't afford the full size version. The small one has very small print.Published 5 months ago by Pete
Great book that includes 500 photographers from the past. Talks a bit about the photographer and one of their works. I use is as inspiration for my own work.Published 5 months ago by CC