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The Photography Book Paperback – 15 Apr 2005
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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.
"The most important photography book, ever."―Practical Photography
"Possibly the best reference book of the year. No photographer should be without this on their bookshelf."―Amateur Photographer
"Lush collection of images... By arranging the 500 plates in alphabetical order there are, of course, a number of uncomfortable contrasts, the clearly staged positioned hard by pieces of traumatising reportage. But that only adds to the impact..."―Observer
"This is a slab of a book and a slab worth having... Impeccably organised... Each plate is accompanied by witty text."―The Times
"Phaidon has published a miracle of clarity, surprise and information in this collection... Comprehensive and witty, beautifully produced and impeccably organised – if you can afford only one book on the subject, this has to be it..."―The Times
"The Photography Book... is the welcome successor to Phaidon’s Twentieth Century Art Book... Its scope provides an invaluable starting point for further study, with a useful glossary of technical terms and stylistic movements."―World of Interiors
"The authority in both the selection and the thumbnail sketch to each comes from the author, as Ian Jeffrey’s reputation as an informed photography critic is unlikely to be challenged... One side pleasure of the book, giving the informed viewer a chance to opinionate, too, both on status of photographers and the single image to represent them... Jeffrey’s biographical notes are admirable in the way they outline both the photographer and the style his/her picture illuminates. For anyone interested in the photographic image (any reader out there who is not?), this book is a treasury of both confirmation and discovery. The A-Z potted-facts presentation style is a godsend to any writer or researcher. Monochrome, duotone and colour reproduction are of high quality, layout is excellent. Can you afford to pass it over?"―The Photographic Journal
"We gobbled up The Art Book for its ingenuity and value, and now The Photography Bookrepeats the formula..."―Insight
"Frankly, this should be number one on every book-loving photographer’s Christmas list - and if you like art in general, check out the previous two titles in this series."―Amateur Photographer
"The Guide’s editorial team recommends some potential Christmas presents - the books they would like to give to their families and friends, or keep for themselves: The Photography Book."―The Good Book Guide
"Fabulous photographs and an illuminating text – this is a must for anyone interested in photographic art."―Ideal Home
"The definitive A-Z of the world’s top 500 photographers."―Harper’s and Queen
"One of the season’s outstanding books and one that will give lasting pleasure... The spread of subject, composition, angle and message is prodigious: browsing through page after page will amuse and entertain, shock and startle – and leave a deep sense of admiration for the international camera artists whose work is on display."―The Keswick Reminder
"A fabulous token of love. Beautifully packaged and printed..."―The Times
"No debate about the season’s star title... Phaidon has followed up the triumph of The Art Book with The Photography Book... A shrewd commentary supplies some cross references and invites readers to configure their own patterns of the past."―Independent Saturday Magazine
"Now we are ecstatic. The latest offering is The Photo Book, The Art Book’s answer to the photography world... Catering for absolute beginners and experts alike. Magnificent."―What’s On in London
"The ultimate collection of moving stills. This hefty tome should be on everyone’s shopping list. We all went out and bought one – have you?"―Practical Photography
"A fabulous coffee table..."―The Sunday Telegraph
"Filled with the most amazing photographs by some great snappers."―The New Statesman
"I make no bones about it – I like this book. In fact, I think it is the best book of photographs I have ever seen... Each photograph is discussed in detail, bringing it to life and giving us an understanding of this art form which is so influential in our everyday lives... The photographs are well produced and are a good size. There is only one to a page so there are no folds or staples to ruin them. The sheer number and variety of pictures, however, puts this book in a league of its own... Nobody could fail to learn something from simply looking at it... It is all here."―The Old Lady of Threadneedle St (Staff Magazine of Bank of England
"Massive, so cheap for its price. It would be an excellent present for a teenager who is developing an interest in photography, and therefore in the world."―Independent on Sunday
"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 informative and easy to use guide to this rich and diverse medium offers an insight into its 150-year history..."―Northern Echo (Darlington)
"For a huge... dose of pure pleasure for anyone, I recommend The Photo Book...At only 5p a photo, quite perfect for a strong coffee table."―The Darlington & Stockton Times
"Hugely entertaining for people of all ages, it is a great blend of entertainment, interest and education."―Legal Executive
"An astonishing collection of 500 photos, some as familiar as your own face, others a fresh shock or delight."―New York Times
"Has the same format as The Art Book. If anything, it is more successful."―Newsweek
"A tantalizing survey of picture making... As you fan these pages, here is all humanity recorded with consummate care."―Daily News, New York
"This lavishly illustrated book... The reader is guaranteed plenty of surprises... The book collects a selection of inspiring, moving and sometimes stunning images... The standard [of the selection of the pictures] is high and the variety exemplary... The commentators display admirable brevity in their musings and... add food for thought... The effort to which some photographers go is also revealed... Poignant shots... Ground breaking shots... are also featured... This browsable volume represents excellent value for money and a source of inspiration for everyone from the point-and-press amateur to the serious professional."―The Inverness Courier
"The wonderful Photography Book."―Irish Times
"Present interesting juxtapositions... Cartier-Bresson’s description of photography as an instant reaction which provokes a meditation is exemplified by The Photography Book. It is a book to get lost in, a treasure trove of memorable images from the last century-and-half."―Northern WomanSee all Product description
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I would have liked to have more to read but have I missed the point of this book? Anyway Its still interesting non the less.
Personally I have mastered the basics of taking a photograph and now intend to embark on studies and am really interested in discovering those photographers/images that have inspired and influenced the art-science over the years. This book compliments my rapidly expanding photography literature library and its reference format will support studies.
I am quite disappointed by its physical size. Its a fairly chunky pocket sized book (6x5inches), so is somewhat smaller that I hoped - please note that the font is tiny and would be a struggle for some people. My eyes are fine but am straining to read the text.
The print quality is really good so does most of the images justice despite the small physical size of the book.
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 an updated version of a bestseller, `The Photography Book', published in 1997 - a wonderful book described by `Practical Photography' as `'The most important photography book, ever' and by `Amateur Photographer' as 'Possibly the best reference book of the year. No photographer should be without this on their bookshelf'.
That original book is a wonderful reference book and I treasured it when I bought it. "Pictures of famous events such as the Royal Wedding and the first landing on the moon are here, next to familiar shots by masters of photography such as Bill Brandt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Cecil Beaton and Robert Doisneau. There is fashion, sport, natural history, reportage and society portraiture, as well as social documentary and art. The 500 photographers featured range from William Henry Fox Talbot and Julia Margaret Cameron to Larry Clarke and Herb Rittz, from Robert Capa and Josef Koudelka to Nan Goldin and Pierre et Gilles. Arranged alphabetically by photographer, each full-page image is accompanied by an illuminating text which gives a useful insight into the work and its creator, as well as extensive cross-references to others working in the same field or the same style. Glossaries of technical terms and movements and a directory of museums and galleries are included to provide a fully comprehensive and self-contained volume."
This is an expanded and revised edition of that book - there were 500 illustrations in the original; now there are 563. The original contained 512 pages; the new version contains 576.
The Observer described the original as: "'Lush collection of images... By arranging the 500 plates in alphabetical order there are, of course, a number of uncomfortable contrasts, the clearly staged positioned hard by pieces of traumatising reportage. But that only adds to the impact...'
Listed alphabetically by the photographer's name, each page contains one photograph by that photographer, a brief narrative and cross-references any other similar photographers in the book.
This is a great coffee table and reference book.
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