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The Photography Book
The Photography Book by Editors of Phaidon Press 071483937X 9780714839370
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The Photography Book by Editors of Phaidon Press

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 Dijkstras color-saturated shot of a bikini-clad beachgoer in South Carolina faces a Mike Disfarmer portrait of a rural Arkansas couple in 1943. Imogen Cunninghams 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 Eisenstaedts shot of a sailor and a nurse kissing in Times Square on V-J Day, historic ones like Larry Burrowss shot of wounded U.S. soldiers in Vietnam, and pop images like David LaChapelles 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, theres no better value out there for fans of photography.

Author: Editors of Phaidon Press

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 520

Publisher: Phaidon Press

Publication Date: 2000-04-30

Our Price: $4.09

ISBN: 071483937X

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