Photojournalism 1855 To The Present: Editor's Choice

Editor Reuel Golden

Abbeville Publishing Group | April 1, 2006 | Hardcover

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Ever since Roger Fenton inaugurated the genre by photographing the Crimean War in 1855, the world's great photojournalists have used a variety of approaches to bear witness to their times. At one end of the photojournalistic spectrum are war photographers like Robert Capa and Larry Burrows, who capture the most extreme events of human existence as they happen; at the other are social documentarians like Lewis Hine and Sebasti+úo Salgado, who step back from the single dramatic incident to cover in depth such economic and cultural issues as labor and migration. By compiling 250 of the most memorable images from photojournalismGÇÖs 150-year history, Photojournalism 1855 to the Present: EditorGÇÖs Choice provides a fascinating introduction to the entire range of the field.Author Reuel Golden, a noted authority on photojournalism, selected the fifty-four photographers featured in this book based on their critical reputations and historical importance. For each photographer, Golden provides a portfolio of representative imagesGÇömany reproduced at full-page sizeGÇöas well as a brief biography and an insightful critical commentary on his or her career.

In these commentaries and in his informative introduction, Golden discusses the particular challenges of photojournalism, such as the relationship between photographer and subject, and the moral ramifications of aestheticizing human suffering. Yet perhaps most importantly, his text also encourages the reader to look closer and discover how well the photographs speak for themselves. From Frank HurleyGÇÖs groundbreaking World War I battlefield shots to Mary Ellen MarkGÇÖs stark portraits of American poverty and James NachtweyGÇÖs haunting pictures of the September 11 attacks, the images in this book prove that even in our era of twenty-four-hour video-on demand, the still photograph remains as powerful as ever.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 11 × 9 × 1 in

Published: April 1, 2006

Publisher: Abbeville Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0789208954

ISBN - 13: 9780789208958

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Photojournalism 1855 To The Present: Editor's Choice

Photojournalism 1855 To The Present: Editor's Choice

Editor Reuel Golden

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 11 × 9 × 1 in

Published: April 1, 2006

Publisher: Abbeville Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0789208954

ISBN - 13: 9780789208958

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INTRODUCTIONThe war in Iraq and its aftermath were relentlessly covered by thousands of television channels from all over the world. Journalists filed reports from burnt-out rooftops, from inside American tanks making their way toward Baghdad, from refugee camps. It was a big story, as war always is, and the 24-hour news channels were anxious not to miss anything – yet invariably they did. From all the hours, days and weeks of moving footage, there is nothing that really lingers in the memory from this strange time. The television coverage was immediate, dramatic and never-ending. It showed us a lot, but taught us very little. It is the still photographs of the conflict that are memorable. The famous image of a statue of Saddam Hussein being toppled over by a jubilant crowd was a powerful symbol of repression and subsequent liberation. On the flip side of that, there were the chilling images taken by an anonymous American soldier with a cheap digital camera of Iraqi prisoners being abused by their US captors in the hellhole of Abu Ghraib. When historians look back at this period and try to make sense of what happened, it is these images, as well as photographs taken by people such as Luc Delahaye, Tom Stoddart, Jerry Lampen, James Nachtwey, and dozens of others, that will be used as evidence.Photojournalism’s perspectiveThese photojournalists and all the others featured in this book were the key witnesses to a series of events that together make up recent history. They are ou
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Table of Contents

Introduction 8
Photographer Biographies 12

Dmitri Baltermants 18
Letizia Battaglia 24
Felice Beato 28
Ian Berry 34
Margaret Bourke-White 38
Rene Burri 42
Larry Burrows 46
Robert Capa 52
Gilles Caron 56
Henri Cartier-Bresson 60
Luc Delahaye 66
Alfred Eisenstaedt 70
Roger Fenton 74
Alexander Gardner 80
Jan Grarup 84
Carol Guzy 88
Bert Hardy 94
Lewis Hine 98
Heinrich Hoffman 102
Frank Hurley 106
Roger Hutchings 112
Philip Jones Griffiths 116
Yevgeny Khaldei 120
Josef Koudelka 124
Joachim Ladefoged 128
Jerry Lampen 132
Dorothea Lange 136
Gerd Ludwig 140
Don McCullin 144
Peter Magubane 148
Alex Majoli 152
Mary Ellen Mark 156
Peter Marlow 160
Susan Meiselas 164
Gideon Mendel 168
Bertrand Meunier 174
David Modell 178
Ralph Morse 182
Carl Mydans 186
James Nachtwey 190
Zed Nelson 194
Martin Parr 198
Judah Passow 202
Gilles Peress 206
Raghu Rai 210
Eli Reed 214
Eugene Richards 218
Henryk Ross 222
Sebastiao Salgado 226
W. Eugene Smith 230
John Stanmeyer 234
Tom Stoddart 238
Weegee 242
Li Zhensheng 248

Index and Credits 252

From the Publisher

Ever since Roger Fenton inaugurated the genre by photographing the Crimean War in 1855, the world's great photojournalists have used a variety of approaches to bear witness to their times. At one end of the photojournalistic spectrum are war photographers like Robert Capa and Larry Burrows, who capture the most extreme events of human existence as they happen; at the other are social documentarians like Lewis Hine and Sebasti+úo Salgado, who step back from the single dramatic incident to cover in depth such economic and cultural issues as labor and migration. By compiling 250 of the most memorable images from photojournalismGÇÖs 150-year history, Photojournalism 1855 to the Present: EditorGÇÖs Choice provides a fascinating introduction to the entire range of the field.Author Reuel Golden, a noted authority on photojournalism, selected the fifty-four photographers featured in this book based on their critical reputations and historical importance. For each photographer, Golden provides a portfolio of representative imagesGÇömany reproduced at full-page sizeGÇöas well as a brief biography and an insightful critical commentary on his or her career.

In these commentaries and in his informative introduction, Golden discusses the particular challenges of photojournalism, such as the relationship between photographer and subject, and the moral ramifications of aestheticizing human suffering. Yet perhaps most importantly, his text also encourages the reader to look closer and discover how well the photographs speak for themselves. From Frank HurleyGÇÖs groundbreaking World War I battlefield shots to Mary Ellen MarkGÇÖs stark portraits of American poverty and James NachtweyGÇÖs haunting pictures of the September 11 attacks, the images in this book prove that even in our era of twenty-four-hour video-on demand, the still photograph remains as powerful as ever.

About the Author

Reuel Golden is senior editor of the world’s biggest magazine for professional photographers, the New York-based Photo District News. He is the author of Twentieth Century Photography.

Editorial Reviews

"In the age of citizen photos, [Photojournalism] shows that professional photography is still peerless." —TIME Europe

"An excellent title promising interest for history buffs, photography and art students alike." —California Bookwatch (July 2006)

"The work of the world’s great photographers, capturing history, events, the famed and the unknown is all here in a brilliant collection enhanced by an excellent text...Anyone with an interest in photograph will find this book invaluable and inspiring." —BookViews.com