Stieglitz - Camera Work is an extract of the photographs that appeared in the Camera Work magazine that Stieglitz created and edited. The photographs chart the history and change in photographic styles from pictorialist to the straight photography of Paul Strand. As such it is a historical document to the changing style of the medium. However, more than that it shows many accomplished photographers and their work that is truly refreshing even by today's standards. The size of the book is quite nice, portable but also large enough that it will take time to work through it all and enjoy the pictures. The essay on Stieglitz and his motivations and involvement in the photographic scene of his day and his importance even then is also quite interesting. He was (and is) a real giant of the photographic world. I "only" gave 4 stars because the book is not available in hard cover, and there is a big 25 year anniversary image on the book spine. I don't much like advertising things like that on my bookshelf, and as the book was issued in 2008 (and Taschen's 25th anniversary was in 2005 or 2007) I don't quite get why they are branding this book like that. Still, a sterling effort on their part. Print reproduction quality is excellent.
For who is this book? For photographic artists, people interested in photographic history, as well as photographers who are looking to the past for a way to refresh and invigorate their photography.