Buy New
$28.61
Qty:1
  • List Price: $39.95
  • Save: $11.34 (28%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art Paperback – September 1, 1976


See all 7 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$28.61
$21.99 $10.98




Frequently Bought Together

Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art + The Photographer's Eye + On Photography
Price for all three: $57.66

Buy the selected items together
  • The Photographer's Eye $18.14
  • On Photography $10.91

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York (September 1, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870705156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870705151
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

John Szarkowski (December 18, 1925 - July 7, 2007) was a photographer, curator, historian, and critic. From 1962 to 1991 Szarkowski was the Director of Photography at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
13
4 star
2
3 star
3
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 18 customer reviews
Very enjoyable book for photographers and those who love photography.
Robert Langham
Imagine also that Szarkowski's goal is something more than to show you great photographs--it is nothing less than to teach you how to see like a photographer.
I cannot live without books
The duotone prints in the book are done on the great paper with amazing in quality.
Vladimir Belomestnov

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Vladimir Belomestnov on May 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you think that you can appreciate a photographic image try to look at the images in this book and explain what you see and why do you like it or not. And then read the short essay by John Szarkovski. You will be amazed how rich is his language and precise is his judgment on each photograph and photographer. You can open this book randomly day after day and get inspired and motivated with exemplary classics accompanied with explanation of what has been achieved by each and how does it make difference for us today and for the whole history of art and craft of photography.

This book is a perfect gift for someone who not only enjoys photographs by others but wants to form a vision of his own. It is full of hints for creativity carefully selected and presented with perfection.

The duotone prints in the book are done on the great paper with amazing in quality.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I found the title and editorial description rather misleading: "A visually splendid album, the book is both a treasury of remarkable photographs and a lively introduction to the aesthetics and the historical development of photography."

I found the book disappointingly short on the aesthetics part. The book contains 100 photographs and a short essay/note on each of them. Now, most of the text is actually about the background of the photograph. Mostly about the photographer and situation photographed and some on the printing process employed. Generally only the last paragraph is devoted to some comments on the image itself. I really expected to learn more about Szarkowski's thoughts on the images as such.

The book is much better on the historical part. The essays are quite enjoyable and have given me a small background knowledge of the historical development of photography. There is something about the authors lucid style of writing that appeals to me, and seduced me to actually complete the read and rather enjoy it even though it turned out to be very different from what I expected.

The historical part deserves a 5 star rating, however both the title and editorial description suggests a more comprehensive treatment of the aesthetical part. I therefore give it a 3 star rating.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Damon K. Webster on January 12, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Ok, back in print finally,this is a must have addition to your photographic library. The criticism of images from MOMA, by John Szarkowski, will open your mind to the story behind the photographs. It is a cliff notes of a master class in understanding photography.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Siegel on May 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
Thanks to the reliable and insightful reviews and discussions on Mike Johnston's "The Online Photographer", I've had the opportunity to purchase several fine books about photography and photographers. Those by John Szarkowski, recently Director of the Photography Division of the Museum of Modern Art, are at the top of my list of favorites. He was an excellent photographer all of his life and made use of his artistic sense and his thoughtful approach to strengthen and expand MOMA's photography collection and to comment in print about the history, techniques, and esthetics of that art form. This book is an important contribution to my library.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By George Lenard on August 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this wonderful book with my Christmas or birthday money over thirty years ago, when I was a teenager first interested in the art of photography. I spent hours looking at the photos and reading the text. I learned so much, not about the "how to" of photography, but about what makes a great photo.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I cannot live without books on September 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
Imagine you are invited to spend the day viewing the photography collection of The Museum of Modern Art, and your guide for this visit will be none other than John Szarkowski, one of the most important and influential curators ever and also a great gentleman. Imagine also that Szarkowski's goal is something more than to show you great photographs--it is nothing less than to teach you how to see like a photographer.

Szarkowski accomplishes this goal with an ingenious format: on one page he shows you an image, printed in duotone, and on the facing page he tells you about the photographer, important influences, the technology employed, the photographer's importance to the history of the medium and just what it is that, to Szarkowski, made the photograph compelling.

This is easily one of the 10 most important photography books ever published for a general audience and deserves a place in the library of anyone who cares about photography.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brochstein on April 24, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I also came to know of this book from Mike Johnston's "The Online Photographer" blog. Reading this book is like having a personal non-hurried guided tour of 100 significant works at MOMA by an expert curator.

The subjects of the discussion of each image is not identical for each one. In most discussions we learn about the history of the photographer. More words are probably used to discuss each photographer's history than anything else. The curator's discussion of why the image is significant, why it works etc, is less even with some images getting a greater discussion about this than others.

If indeed I had had a long private tour of these images with Mr. Szarkowski I would have asked more questions about why the individual images "worked" than what the author covered in his discussions. OTOH, since I'm somewhat lazy about visiting museums (and I live in NYC!) reading this book is equal or better than a long day trip to the museum. I certainly came away knowing more than when I started this book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?