Stefan Lorant: Godfather of Photojournalism by Michael HallettStefan Lorant: Godfather of Photojournalism by Michael Hallett

Stefan Lorant: Godfather of Photojournalism

byMichael Hallett

Hardcover | December 5, 2005

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Hungarian-born Stefan Lorant's work as a visual and literary editor allowed him to pioneer and develop the genré of picture-based journalism at a period that saw the emergence of modern mass communications. Lorant became a guiding force on an international scale, disseminating his ideas and political knowledge throughout Europe in the late-twenties and thirties by working in Hungary, Germany, and England. His innovative layouts, his "exclusive" interviews and his thirst for knowledge became a familiar part of millions of everyday lives, largely through the pages of his own creations and in particular the legendary Picture Post. Eventually his sphere of influence spread to America where he introduced the concept of the pictorial biography. His vision of photography as a documentary medium inspired Life and Look magazines and paved the way for the eventual emergence of the television documentary. For this he has become recognized as "the godfather" of photojournalism. Lorant's work enlightened the world - yet his own world was shrouded with darkness. His secret past, hidden throughout his lifetime, reveals the changing attitude of sexual politics as it evolved throughout the century. His serial womanizing and scandalous love affairs provide insight into the unhappy alliance between his sexual fulfillment and intellectual frustration, his searching in others for what he could not find within himself. Michael Hallett first interviewed Stefan Lorant in late 1990 and spent the following years researching and interviewing his subject. Hallett examines Lorant's public image, his huge ego, his manipulative nature, and his devious love of subterfuge and confusion. Hallett also reveals Lorant's warmth, his generosity, his callousness, his passions and his extraordinary humanity. This biography encompasses the 20th century, while focusing on the emergence of modern mass communications throughout Europe and the United States. Additionally there is a small but key section that highlights Lorant's pl
Michael Hallett is a photographic historian, journalist and biographer. He is the author of Bullring: The Heart of Birmingham (2003, with Peter James) and The Real Story of Picture Post (1994, with layout by Stefan Lorant).
Title:Stefan Lorant: Godfather of PhotojournalismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 11.24 × 8.82 × 0.92 inPublished:December 5, 2005Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810856824

ISBN - 13:9780810856820

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Prologue Part 2 Part One: Hungary and Czechoslovakia Chapter 3 1. The Formative Years, 1901-1920 Part 4 Part Two: Austria, Germany, and Back to Hungary Chapter 5 2. From Film Stills to Film Director, 1920-1924 Chapter 6 3. Pictures on the Page, 1925-1934 Part 7 Part Three: England Chapter 8 4. The Arrival, 1934 Chapter 9 5. The Between Years, 1935-1937 Chapter 10 6. Chamberlain and the Beautiful Llama, 1937-1940 Chapter 11 7. A Symphony of Photographs, 1938-1940 Chapter 12 8. Trouble with the Authorities, 1939-1940 Chapter 13 9. The Aftermath of Picture Post, 1940-1982 Part 14 Part Four: The United States Chapter 15 10. Adopted by the New World, 1940-1959 Chapter 16 11. The Mirror Cracks, 1936-1948 Chapter 17 12. Yet Another Beginning, 1959-1978 Chapter 18 13. Of People and Power, 1954-1997 Chapter 19 14. The Phone Doesn't Ring, 1979-1989 Chapter 20 15. Polishing His Reputation, 1990-1997 Part 21 Epilogue Part 22 Resources Part 23 Index Part 24 About the Author

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