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Photography: The Whole Story Paperback – 10 Sep 2012
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It's hard to think of a classic photo that isn't included here, and opened up by skilled and thought-provoking analysis. A beautiful volume. --The Scotsman
An uncommonly impressive and well-written addition to an oversubscribed field --The World of Interiors
The definitive guide for students of photography or those wanting to know how to read a photograph … a comprehensive overview … a book rich with favourites and discoveries. --Good Book Guide
Telling the whole story of photography in one book is a pretty tall order, but this hefty volume by Juliet Hacking does a pretty good job! … a real gem. --My Creative Diva
Superb … instructive and fascinating … a wide-ranging, comprehensive and informative book that is also a pleasure to read --Black & White Photography
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Unlike many other artistic media, photography's origins are well documented, as are its ever-changing technologies and applications. Written by an international team of experts, this definitive history of photography looks at every step of the field's dynamic evolution, period by period and movement by movement. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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For me, the other significant omission is the failure to mention the incredible work of Fan Ho, born in Shanghai but whose work often features Hong Kong during a fascinating stage in it's development. His blend of 'Fine Art meets street/ social documentary style' photography is well worth checking out further.
Lots of superb photos; lots of ideas; really good.
It may not be the 'whole story' as claimed, but it is an informative and entertaining read, captivating one from time to time as one chances upon well-digested information one had somehow missed in other sources.
Looking through the index there is thorough coverage of much of photography, and for the price it is pretty much a 'must have'.
The only downside might be the perhaps over-zealous coverage of the early years of photography, information which is perhaps easily available elsewhere. But overall the authors have done a really good job.
There is an intorduction to each chapter and then representative photographs (mostly full page) with helpful critiques and comments. A particularly nice touch is the small naviation boxes which help one to find the place in the photograph the comment is about. Often there is a small biography of the photographer.
The book is easy to read, easy to navigate and I have learnt much from it's well written text. Highly recommended.
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