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Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art Paperback – July 28, 1999
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This book has modest purposes. "This is a picture book, and its first purpose is to provide the material for simple delectation." Beyond that, it is "a visual interim report [as of 1973] on the results of collecting photographs at The Museum of Modern Art." These purposes are magnificently fulfilled, and your eyes and mind will be filled with many useful new perspectives and thoughts as a result of your delectations here. Your life will be expanded by seeing much more, both in photographs and in life, as a result.
Mr. Szarkowski, head of the photography collection at MOMA, points at that photography "has received little serious study." As a result, a language and analytical framework for considering photography are not yet developed. To overcome that limitation. Mr. Szarkowski has provided a number of perspectives in the one-page essays that accompany each page of photography. These perspectives include the utilitarian purpose of the image, the style of the photographer, the technology of the methods used, and the significance of the subjects or subject. He also draws your attention to detail or information that expand your knowledge. It is like having the best docent's photography tour of your life, as you go through the images.
These essays are modestly described as simply "an attempt to describe photography from a somewhat more liberal and exploratory perspective." Well, they are much more than that.Read more ›
If you are serious about photography, get this book. If you want to understand more about photography, get this book. If you know a photo lover, get this book!
One page is the image, the opposing page is a short essay on what is critically imporant about this photographer/image/style.
Really - if you are thinking about it and going so far as to read these comments, you should just go ahead and buy this book.
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It is tough to write about photography, but each of these short one-page essays is a gem. As you open the book there is an essay on the left page and a photograph on the right.Published on April 9, 2010 by Marc N. Baskin
When John Szarkowski recently passed away at the age of 81, the world lost one of photography's most important figures. Read morePublished on July 23, 2007 by Mark Hillringhouse