The Photography Book by Ian Editors Of Phaidon PressThe Photography Book by Ian Editors Of Phaidon Press

The Photography Book

byIan Editors Of Phaidon PressAs told byIan Jeffery

Paperback | April 15, 2000

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The concept for this book is simple: 500 photographers, 500 pages. Arranged alphabetically, each of the photographers--from contemporary Dutch cameraman Hans Aarsman to mid-century New York shutterbug James Van Der Zee--gets a full, oversized page. On it is a large, expertly reproduced image and a concise caption packed with information about the photographer and his or her work. The coincidental alignment of photos of different eras and aesthetic sensibilities provides unusual and exciting contrasts that add an extra dimension to readers' perception of the work. Rineke Dijkstra's color-saturated shot of a bikini-clad beachgoer in South Carolina faces a Mike Disfarmer portrait of a rural Arkansas couple in 1943. Imogen Cunningham's inimitable Nude is here, along with a more surprising image--My Mother, Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire, a color-photo collage by painter David Hockney. With iconic photographs like Alfred Eisenstaedt's shot of a sailor and a nurse kissing in Times Square on V-J Day, historic ones like Larry Burrows's shot of wounded U.S. soldiers in Vietnam, and pop images like David LaChapelle's picture of a bodybuilder posing amid a cluster of little boys aping his stance, the scope of this visual encyclopedia is truly epic. And with its incredibly low price tag, there's no better value out there for fans of photography.
Title:The Photography BookFormat:PaperbackDimensions:520 pages, 6.5 × 5 × 1.25 inPublished:April 15, 2000Publisher:Phaidon PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:071483937X

ISBN - 13:9780714839370

Appropriate for ages: 13

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From Our Editors

First published in 1997, The Photography Book received acclaim as the most important photography reference ever produced. Featuring 500 spectacular images, The Photography Book Mini Edition is as visually dynamic and discerning as the original, yet is lighter and more portable for casual reference or as a serious sourcebook. Spanning the history of photography, this comprehensive volume presents works from the world’s greatest photographers and all types of photography, including pictures of famous events, familiar shots by masters, fashion, sport, still life, natural history, photojournalism and society portraiture. Arranged alphabetically by photographer, each full-page image includes insightful text on the work and its creator.