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The Oxford Companion to the Photograph Hardcover – December 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 792 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1ST edition (December 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198662718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198662716
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.1 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,372,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For this companion, which is international in scope, editor Lenman (retired, University of Warwick) assembled more than 1,600 entries, of which approximately 800 cover photographers, past and present, and others affiliated with photography. Remaining entries deal with countries, photographic terms and technology, genres, photographic themes (for example, Sociology and photography), and other topics. Several one- to two-page special essays (for example, "Inner-German Border Photography, 1952-1989") are interspersed throughout the volume, as are about 300 photographs, 48 of which are color plates. Article length varies from a short paragraph to several pages (as in the four-and-a-half-page Germany). Content leans toward the historical and theoretical rather than the practical. For example, Lighting and lighting equipment describes key light, fill, and effects lights, then traces the historical development of lighting in photography. Biographical entries emphasize contributions to photography. Entries on countries and photographic themes cover a wide range. Even more diverse, entries on photographic genres cover the popular (e.g., Photojournalism, Sports photography) and the less popular (e.g., Exploration photography, Zoo photography).

Within articles, an asterisk by a word indicates a separate entry. Some articles offer see also references; many also contain short bibliographies, in some cases listing non-English publications. Articles conclude with the initials of one of 180 contributors. Additional features include a thematic table of contents, a chronology, a topically arranged bibliography, a list of key Web sites arranged by type of site and country, and an "Index of People and Companies."

With articles covering such current topics as the Camera phone, Internet, and Photoblogging, this title updates older resources. Similar in scope to The Photography Encyclopedia (Schirmer, 1999), it is appropriate for both scholars and general readers. An affordable, useful tool for academic and public libraries. Stephen Fadel
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"Destined to become a staple resource on photography."--Library Journal, Starred Review


"An indispensable addition to every art library."--San Francisco Chronicle


"It makes for the kind of book you think you'll just dip into but are continually spurred to continue reading. The quality of the writing--and the reproductions--make this a reference to keep close at hand."--Chicago Tribune


"Full and fascinating."--Kansas City Star


"This substantial reference will be a handy guide."--Seattle Times


"Stupendous ... lavish and exquisitely printed ... practically a work of art in itself." --Literary Review


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Great encyclopedia in the field of photographic media.
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This book would also make a superb gift for anyone interested in photography.
G. Strakos
I was really impressed with the paper quality, and the image quality.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G. Strakos on January 16, 2007
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This is an excellent reference book on photography. It covers noted photographers, photographic history, photographic theories, and a great deal more. Oxford Companion books are well known for their exceptionally good quality. The section on digital imaging, for example, is one of the best I have ever read.

Please note that this is a reference book. It is not designed to teach photography. However, any serious photographer or photography student will find this book useful. This book would also make a superb gift for anyone interested in photography.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Readsalot on November 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This outstanding book covers every aspect of photography, from techniques, to biographies of photographers, to photographs and exhibitions and much more. It is a perfect resource for anyone with an interest in photgraphy, from the art lover to the novice photographer to the most seasoned professional photographers. I was really impressed with the paper quality, and the image quality. It is definitely as described, lavishly illustrated with some breath-taking photgraphs, in color and black and white throughout. And of course, the jacket design makes this a perfect coffee-table book, one you can pick up and browse, and find something interesting every time you dip in to it. For a big, fat art book, the price isn't bad either. Highly recommended for anyone with interest in photography.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David J. Schneider on February 20, 2006
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It is through and useful. It's useful as a reference for various techniques, but I use it mostly as a way to refresh my memory on the hundreds, even thousands, of photographers of whom I've heard or encountered. Really first rate reference book.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Yan on November 28, 2005
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I received this book as a gift and am amazed at the thoroughness with which the subject of photography is covered. The illustrations are beautiful and plenty and the content, rich. This is a must-have for anyone with even a passing interest in photography.
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