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Imaginary Photo Museum: With 457 Photographs from 1836 to the Present Paperback – December 12, 1988


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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony Books; Reprint edition (December 12, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 051754797X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517547977
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,909,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Bailey on September 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
The book's editors explain that this is the collection of photographs they would bring together and house in one museum, if that were possible. Instead of bringing together a physical collection, the editors create a printed anthology that can serve as the ultimate photography textbook. If used as a textbook, The Imaginary Photo Museum can teach anyone with patience how to see a photograph and ultimately how to be a photographer.

I am a self-taught photographer, and my first instruction book was The Imaginary Photo Museum. From this book, I learned to love exceptional photographers: Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Robert Frank, Walker Evans, Man Ray, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy -- too many to list. I didn't realize it at the time, but I also fell in love with settings: New York, Paris, and the American West, in particular.

From the "Chronology" section of the book, I learned photography's beginnings in the 1830s and examined the path of time to the late 1970s, which is where the book leaves off, just before its original publication in 1981. To dramatize the distinction, the book divides and sections off black and white photography from color photography. I took notice of this sharp contrast in arrangement and learned to see the two methods differently. The book's layout also taught me ways to categorize photographs via chapters on objects, nudes, landscapes, portraits, cities, events, and "visions," or abstractions.

In some ways, owning a book of reproductions is better than a visit to a museum to view originals. In my near-sighted way, I've spent hours poring over the photographs in the book. By close examination, I recognized the importance of lighting in photography.
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By Fred D. Williams on December 31, 2013
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Over several years I had bought copies of this book for giving away as gifts. Somehow, I never kept one for myself and realized I missed having my own copy. This purchase corrected that need. I'm glad I made this purchase.
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