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on 11 October 2017
This is the first anthology of critical writings from the magazine. This is now one of my go-to photography resources and includes subjects such as reading a photograph, captions, boundaries of photography, a few black and white images from some of the greats, photography as a fine art and obviously about the magazine's intention in its incipient phases for serious photographers. This is NOT a how to use your camera or how to read a histogram. This is not a, 'how to anything,' barring learning from the insights into approaches provided from photographers.

So if you want a book full of pages of beautiful images to drool over and a read on how they achieved the look then do not buy this book. It's not that sort of book.

If you are interested in the anthology of Aperture (first twenty five years) with the contributors' thought processes towards photography then this IS a useful book to have on your shelf, to draw reference and maybe even help you achieve your own perspective on image-making.
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on 13 December 2012
A compact but thick volume which is made up of some writings by major photographers about photography generally and about their attitudes to their own work. A good reference and a book to be dipped into rather than read cover to cover. You mat disagree with many of the viewpoints but you are made to think- If you care about photography this belongs on your bookshelf!
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on 25 December 2012
I was introduced to Aperture Magazine in the 1960,s by my photography mentor and went on to study and enjoy the work of Minor White. Unfortunately I was never able to see the early years of Aperture so this book fills a big gap for me. I also like the writings of Peter Bunnell. Great book, and an excellent addition to any library of photography.
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on 14 May 2016
Overall not a bad book but I did have much higher hopes as it was by Aperture, i found the text quite repetitive and more of a jumble of anything mentioning 'Minor White'. To be honest I would recommend 'The Eye That Shapes' of which is stunning but good to have in your collection especially is a Photography student.
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on 24 April 2013
I found it quite useful and interesting to see these great articles here.
Looking beyond the outstanding quality of the articles, I am amazed by the importance for the time being even.
The texts are still valid, they meet the heart.
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