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excellent intro book to 20th c greats
on 25 October 2009
bought this recently as was going cheap+ had some good reviews: and yes - as a introduction book for anyone curious to have a starter collection of many iconic images of the 20th century - this is a great little book . the book IS small (note only 6"w x 8"h), but is very wide ranging in subject matter+ the worldwide scope of photographers incl. magnum photographers: Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Lartigue, Newton are here as are pioneers of social photo-journalism, russian constructivist: Rodchenko, some "art"/nudes, surrealism, + contemporary greats such as +many iconic images contained therein. there's no index or appendix however for quick reference but the Introduction - Highlights" section is very good givng the reader a concise overview of the history of photography in just over eight pages. hardly detailed but useful as an basic introduction. a total of 92 photographers, not "over 300" as mentioned in another review..
a great inexpensive intro to the world of photography,and a veritable trasure trove of images most of have seen over the years but are collected here with brief biog info of each featured photographer (each give two images here). the book is from the collection of the influential Museuem Ludwig Cologne - so it cannot be entirely comprehensive and some personal faves are not here such as Nan Goldin, Tillmans or or Eggleston but hey for the price...