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on January 10, 2004
The Photo Book might well be considered as much a work of art as the photographs represented within its bounds. This collection was given to me as a gift and has been so cherished as a pictoral index of inspirational and thought provoking works. Each page includes a short bio of the selected photographer and a sample of his or her work. Navigation through the book is easy as the photographers are categorized alphabetically.
Even more helpful is the additional information found in the back of the book. There are three appendices that help to explain this art form, its brief history, and how you can take part in enjoying it further. The first section is a glossary of techniques and terms - helpful for anyone who isn't skilled or knowledgeable of the art. The next section includes movements, groups, and genres of this form of art. This is a great help in understanding the context and influences of past photographers in relation to their work. The last section is an index of museums around the world including their addresses and phone numbers.
The aesthetics of the book are wonderful. Featured are over 500 photographers ranging over the span of the art of photography. The photographs represented are very clear and vibrant (where there is color), inviting the viewer to see, enjoy, and think critically about what is before them. The alphabetical organization allows for a quick read as well, enabling you to pick up at any given place in the book to enjoy a snippet of photography.
This book works excellently as a gift for a budding photographer, a coffee table piece, or a reference for those interested in influential and historic photography and photographers. It is a steal at what you can purchase it for - I doubt that you will find such a great assortment of so well established artists and their work for less than this. It's compact, but it's heavy too. For price, content, and availability, I gave this product 5 stars!
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on January 1, 2003
I strongly disagree with Graham Wills' review of the following:
"Even the picture of Marilyn Monroe is an odd one; technically only average, revealing little about her, the text invites us to consider the meaning of the chair beside her. I would have liked to have seen more photographs that are there because they look beautiful." I don't know what does "they look beautiful" mean? For a person lack of basic aesthetics training, that means "simple", perhaps. Because she/he could only understand the appearance of a subject, not the meaning of a photograph(what the photographer really want to say in her/his work). Ian's review is a must for all serious photographers.
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on January 23, 1998
An extremely comprehensive guide to photographers and their representative work. The book has a welcome emphasis on documentary, journalistic and artistic photographers. For each photographer, a cross-reference list is offered suggesting other artists with similar styles or subjects. Well-researched and edited. Convincingly enough, all of my favorite photogaphers are represented in this one volume. Buy it if you have any interest in photography---one of the most reasonably priced hard-bound full-color photography books I have ever seen.
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on May 24, 2002
This is the book that I hand my photography students when they just want to "look and be inspired". It offers a wonderful assortment of artists from Niepce to Arbus. The photos are beautifully reproduced and the book is just a joy to look at. It should be on everyone's shelf or coffeetable. Buy 2 - the first one will eventually wear out from use!
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on November 28, 2000
I've had this book since 1997 and I still refer to it for ideas. It has such a unique and diverse pictorial on each page by 'grand' and 'credible' photographers. For anyone who takes pictures...likes pictures...this BOOK is a MUST GET for you. I have it on my coffee table and I get rave comments on it all of the time about what a GREAT book it is.
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on September 23, 1998
This is the most complete, comprehensive, and fun photography book I've ever seen. It covers 150 years, the entire history of the medium, in an appealing and easy-to-use format. A great reference guide and educational as well. I especially like the cross-referencing system. 500 photos. from A to Z.
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on March 25, 2004
What pictures, what beauty, what a blend of art in photography, what a beautiful cover, page design, typeface, everything is just simple beauty. A must have if you have a coffee table or if you love good photography. The masters are shown here. You won't regret it.
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on December 8, 1998
My wife and I both saw this book while on vacation in Florida, we did not buy it immediately, but when we did we showed it to many of our friends who hava all asked where they could find it. It truly is a facinating account.
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on February 3, 2000
Every page of this book is filled with great pictures that show both black and white photography and also color. If you are at all interested in photography you must have this book.
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on June 30, 2000
This book was very interesting and the reading about the pictures was very discriptive and interesting.Some things were very exotic wich was cool.
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