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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture; 01 edition (14 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597111392
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597111393
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.5 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gerry Badger is a critic, architect, curator, and photographer. His published books include The Genius of Photography (2007); The Pleasures of Good Photographs (2010); and The Photobook: A History, volumes I III, coauthored with Martin Parr.


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This book is pretty much what you would expect from Gerry Badger. It is passionately felt and written with a genuine sense of conceern and love for the medium of photography. There are occasions when his emotions get the better of him I feel, and a personal bias for a particular form of photographic practice and useage comes through in his writing. However, he poses some extremely good questions and offers some equally interesting answers in all of the essays contained in the book. This is a book that will challenge and be of interest to all from the well informed to the new student to the medium. It should be on college reading lists. Do buy it and read it - it is worth the money!
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Gerry Badger has collaborated with Martin Parr on the multi-volume The Photobook: A History and was the key contributor to the BBC TV series The Genius of Photography. He writes well and reading these essays has been a real pleasure.

Badger makes his own perspective very clear. It was Walker Evans that first excited his passion for photography and he regards John Szarkowski as the master of photographic writing. The documentary function of photography is something he sees as its core. The essay on Atget (and Szarkwoski) is rich and stimulating. There is a wonderful essay on Walker Evans. His defence of Martin Parr is worth reading although not nearly as comprehensive or convincing as I expected.

I was really intrigued by a stimulating -- but rather inconclusive -- essay on "The Quiet Photograph". I was provoked to go out and test some of the ideas and to write about my reading of that essay (and others in the book) in a blog which you can find at [...]
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This is a inspiraring book about photography. When you read this, you would like to see all those photographs ïn the flesh". Your hunger for more photography books gets bigger. It's a good read. Love it!
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Page 11s a good read slowly working way through grate for a unaverstay or essay as it quotes and references a lot.
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Excellent book, well preserved and sent in time
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