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On Photography
Susan Sontag
0312420099
August 2001
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Review
"A brilliant analysis of the profound changes photographic images have made in our way of looking at the world and at ourselves over the last 140 years."—Washington Post Book World

"Every page of On Photography raises important and exciting questions about its subject and raises them in the best way."The New York Times Book Review

"A book of great importance and originality . . . All future discussion or analysis of the role of photography in the affluent mass-media societies are now bound to begin with her book."—John Berger

"Not many photographs are worth a thousand of [Susan Sontag's] words."—Robert Hughes, Time

"After Sontag, photography must be written about not only as a force in the arts, but as one that is increasingly powerful in the...


Decoys and Disruptions
Martha Rosler
0262182319
Aug 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Text has always played a major role in the work of visual artist Rosler, whose photographs and other documentary-based art often contain caption or even essay-like elements. This book selects among Rosler’s explicitly critical and polemical interventions, from a manifesto "For an Art Against the Mythology of Everyday Life" to "Place, Position, Power, Politics." Rosler’s writing is as direct and nuanced as her work, which makes up a large proportion of the 64 b&w illustrations here, reinforcing and expanding on points made by the book’s 14 essays. She engages practice-based questions ("How might artists and other cultural workers abrogate the gospel of genius, isolation and formalist concerns?") and does critical summings-up of what has come before ("Feminists made it their business to show...


Wide Angle: National Geographic Greatest Places
Ferdinand Protzman
079223913X
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Spanning the world, from Northeast Europe to Southeast Asia, these 260 photos offer a spectacular view of regions of unimaginable, often haunting beauty. Many of the images, from the National Geographic Society's 10 million-image archive, have never been published before. Meditative introductions to each region of the world consider questions such as our stereotypical views of Asia and the ambiguity of evocations of the Middle East, their meaning "depending largely on what one believes." But the real attraction is the full-color photos: sometimes mysterious, like Karen Kasmaski's photos of sunflowers with Mount Fuji emerging from the shadows in the background; or playful, like Miguel Luis Fairbanks's woman driving in Australia with a young koala bear on her shoulder. Some are charming, like Steve McCurry's image...


Decoys and Disruptions
Martha Rosler
0262681587
Apr 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Text has always played a major role in the work of visual artist Rosler, whose photographs and other documentary-based art often contain caption or even essay-like elements. This book selects among Rosler’s explicitly critical and polemical interventions, from a manifesto "For an Art Against the Mythology of Everyday Life" to "Place, Position, Power, Politics." Rosler’s writing is as direct and nuanced as her work, which makes up a large proportion of the 64 b&w illustrations here, reinforcing and expanding on points made by the book’s 14 essays. She engages practice-based questions ("How might artists and other cultural workers abrogate the gospel of genius, isolation and formalist concerns?") and does critical summings-up of what has come before ("Feminists made it their business to show...


Ansel Adams at 100
Ansel Adams
082122865X
October 2003
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Book Review's Best of 2001
Ansel Adams at 100 celebrates the centenary of one of America's best-loved photographers. This superlative catalog of an exhibition organized by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art presents the most dramatic and the most delicate of Adams's formal compositions, from spectacular mountainscapes to grasses on a pond, all reflecting his avowedly religious relationship to nature. Previously unpublished examples of Adams's early images show how he worked through the day, using changing light and different vantage points to interpret a subject. A fascinating comparison of his darkroom techniques is given in two printings of a 1948 negative of Mount McKinley, made in 1949 and 1978 to very different effects, one brooding and luminous, the other crisp and monumental. (The conventional wisdom is to prefer the earlier, but...


Fields of Vision
Leslie Devereaux
0520085248
Apr 1995
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Book Description
Filmed images dominate our time, from the movies and TV that entertain us to the news and documentary that inform us and shape our cultural vocabulary. Crossing disciplinary boundaries, Fields of Vision is a path-breaking collection that inquires into the power (and limits) of film and photography to make sense of ourselves and others. As critics, social scientists, filmmakers, and literary scholars, the contributors converge on the issues of representation and the construction of visual meaning across cultures.
From the dismembered bodies of horror film to the exotic bodies of ethnographic film and the gorgeous bodies of romantic cinema, Fields of Vision moves through eras, genres, and societies. Always asking how images work to produce meaning, the essays address the way the "real" on film creates...


Through the Lens: National Geographic Greatest Photographs
Leah Bendavid-Val (Editor)
079226164X
October 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
Since the 10.5 million images in National Geographic's possession won't fit in a book, the 250 in this moderately glossy, minimally costly collection will do nicely. Through the Lens is a stunning collection of photos judiciously apportioned to represent the regions of the earth, the sea, and outer space; humans and nature; and even the history of the medium--a few historic black and whites contrast dramatically with the eye-popping modern color shots that dominate the book. As ever, the esthetic key to their impact is the use of big, emotional pictures with witty little captions, and whenever possible, startling juxtapositions. A Boston matron's faux-fur coat looks just like her pet Dalmatian (the caption identifies them as "spots fans"). The world's widest street (in Buenos Aires) by night looks great next to a grassy...


The Hidden Canyon
John Blaustein
0811822613
Apr 1999
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Review


Reviews from: SPORTS AFIELD MAGAZINE
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Although millions of people visit Arizona's Grand Canyon each year, few experience the fear and thrill of rafting a dory for the 277 miles of the Colorado river that both meanders and roars beneath. Blaustein documents such a journey with his stunning photographs of rocks, whitewater and wildlife; an 18-day journal from Edward Abbey; and an introduction from Martin Litton.

This book grabbed the attention of everyone who saw it on my coffee table during the review process. If you have paddled the Grand Canyon you will probably want this book for your own coffee table, because John Blaustein is one of the most celebrated photographers to ever travel the length of the Grand. And de did so with the likes of Martin Litton and Edward Abbey—in wooden...



Ansel Adams: Classic Image Essays, Vol. 1
James Alinder
0821216295
October 1986
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
These classic photographs were selected by the late Ansel Adams himself to be permanently representative of his work. Included are familiar scenic compositions like Moonrise, Hernandez and Half Dome, Yosemite, but there are also portraiture and closeups of patterns in nature. Alinder, director of Friends of Photography, chronicles Adams's life and describes his particular development in which perception of subtle tonalities came to define the photographer's vision. He tells also of great technical achievements (such as the "zone system" for exposure and printing) and this master photographer's related sensibilities as a classical musician and ardent nature conservationist. Museum of Modern Art curator Szarkowski appraises the impact Adams had on America's appreciation of itself. BOMC and Photography Book Club...


The Eternal Moment
Estelle Jussim
0893813605
Sept 1989
Hardcover
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Review
"Every issue dealt with raises profound questions and concerns as Jussim goes to the existential center of each debate. She brings a vast knowledge not only of photography, but also of literature, philosophy and art to her thoughts which provide a timeless dimension to the quest of capturing a split second of reality." --Alicia Faxon, Simmons College

"This is the first collection of Jussim's essays on contemporary photography, gathering a range of controversial opinions, serious scholarship, and insights into visual communication and its effects upon history and art. Ideologies and art are contrasted in pieces which are startling in depth and insights: rich in history." --The Bookwatch


Regarding the Pain of Others
Susan Sontag
0312422199
February 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Twenty-six years after the publication of her influential collection of essays On Photography (1977), Sontag (In America) reconsiders ideas that are "now fast approaching the status of platitudes," especially the view that our capacity to respond to images of war and atrocity is being dulled by "the relentless diffusion of vulgar and appalling images" in our rapaciously media-driven culture. Sontag opens by describing Virginia Woolf's essay on the roots of war, "Three Guineas," in which Woolf described a set of gruesome photographs of mutilated bodies and buildings destroyed during the Spanish Civil War. Woolf wondered if there truly can be a "we" between man and woman in matters of war. Sontag sets out to reopen and enlarge the question. "No `we' should be taken for granted when the subject is looking at other...


The Eternal Moment
Estelle Jussim
0893813613
Sept 1989
Paperback
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Review
"Every issue dealt with raises profound questions and concerns as Jussim goes to the existential center of each debate. She brings a vast knowledge not only of photography, but also of literature, philosophy and art to her thoughts which provide a timeless dimension to the quest of capturing a split second of reality." --Alicia Faxon, Simmons College

"This is the first collection of Jussim's essays on contemporary photography, gathering a range of controversial opinions, serious scholarship, and insights into visual communication and its effects upon history and art. Ideologies and art are contrasted in pieces which are startling in depth and insights: rich in history." --The Bookwatch


Family of Man
Edward Steichen
0870703412
September 1996
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Diana & Nikon
Janet Malcolm
0893817279
Sept 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
Janet Malcolm takes nothing for granted. In complicated but lucid prose she sets out to change our perceptions of photographers and photography in this highly regarded volume, now in an expanded edition. She looks at Alfred Stieglitz's pioneering efforts on behalf of the medium as an art form, considers Edward Weston's "psychic journey" to Mexico, and reflects on how these men fared at the hands of recent biographers. Malcolm also examines misconceptions about Richard Avedon's fashion photography and analyzes the motives behind his often distressing celebrity portraits. In a new essay, she discusses the charges of exhibitionism leveled at the provocative work of Sally Mann.

From Library Journal
This expanded version of Malcolm's 1980 collection of essays on photography...


Bound for Glory: America in Color 1939-43
Paul Hendrickson (Introduction)
0810943484
May 2004
Hardcover
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Book Review
Thanks to famous documentary photographs of Americans during the Great Depression, we tend to visualize everything that happened in the 1930s in black-and-white. In fact, Kodachrome first became available in the U.S. in 1935, and several photographers for the Farm Security Administration experimented with the new color film as they traveled across the country. Bound for Glory: America in Color 1939-43 presents an oddly startling world of small towns and country roads ablaze in the vivid hues of real life. A sunburned family in Pie Town, New Mexico, eat a dinner of homemade biscuits, grits, and gravy. Sisters wearing print dresses all made from the same rose and blue fabric seem dazed at the wonders of a state fair in Vermont. Work horses graze on bright green grass under a moody Kansas sky. Chosen from an archive of about...


Stieglitz on Photography
Alfred Stieglitz
0893818046
June 2000
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Book Description
Stieglitz's most significant essays published together for the first time in a single volume.

Over the years, Alfred Stieglitz wrote extensively and authoritatively about many aspects of photography. In Stieglitz on Photography renowned Stieglitz expert Sarah Greenough and art historian Richard Whelan gather more than fifty of this master photographer's astute writings about the medium, along with their insightful and anecdotal commentary on each article.

Throughout his six-decade career, Stieglitz devoted himself almost entirely to the investigation of truth and integrity in artistic expression. With the pioneering exhibitions he mounted at Gallery 291, the pages of Camera Work he edited and produced, and his extensive writings on photography, Stieglitz tirelessly championed photography as a fine...


Drama and Shadows: Photographs 1945-1950
Rainer Crone
0714844381
November 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Born in New York City in 1928, Stanley Kubrick began taking photographs when in high school. At sixteen, he sent a photograph he took of a newsstand after President Roosevelt’s death to Look Magazine. The publication of the photograph marked the beginning of Kubrick’s work for the magazine, which lasted until 1950, when Kubrick made his first 16mm documentary film. During those five years Kubrick completed dozens of photographic reportage assignments in New York City as well as abroad. The resulting thousands of negatives have remained in the archives of Look Magazine ever since. Kubrick’s photographs vary in subject, but people are the central focus of attention, as is his commitment to narration. Whether capturing the meditative state of passengers in a series of portraits made in the New York...


Shadow and Substance
Kathleen Collins
0910331014
Dec 1990
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Classic Essays on Photography
Alan Trachtenberg
091817208X
Jan 1981
Paperback
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Family Frames: Photography, Narrative and Postmemory
Marianne Hirsch
0674292669
January 1997
Textbook Paperback
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Review
Nancy K. Miller, Lehman College, CUNY : Intelligently conceived...A moving book. And it tells us something important about how we come to understand the story of our lives through the pages of the family photo album.

Book Description

Family photographs--snapshots and portraits, affixed to the refrigerator or displayed in gilded frames, crammed into shoeboxes or cataloged in albums--preserve ancestral history and perpetuate memories. Indeed, photography has become the family's primary means of self-representation. In Family Frames Marianne Hirsch uncovers both the deception and the power behind this visual record.

Hirsch provocatively explores the photographic conventions for constructing family relationships and discusses artistic strategies for challenging those...


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