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Photography: A Crash Course Hardcover – September 1, 2000

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This is not a how-to book, as the title might suggest, but a brief overview of the history of photography that discusses the major trends and technical processes involved with documentary and art photography. Yorath (photography, Northbrook Coll., Sussex, UK) here presents an interesting graphic layout and a humorous "For Dummies"-like style. He also provides some compelling discussions of the political and controversial aspects of the photograph. The book, however, lacks the material that one would expect to find in an introductory work. Several major photographers are mentioned only briefly, with no examples of their photographs. While a useful glossary is included, the index is incomplete. Finally, the book does not benefit from a bizarre cartoon time line that has no real purpose or relevance to the text. Naomi Rosenblum's A World History of Photography (Abbeville Pr., 1997. 3d ed.) is a better choice as an overview of the history of photography. Not recommended.AEric Linderman, East Cleveland P.L., OH
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About the Author

David Yorath, a specialist in contemporary European and American landscape photography, teaches photography and media studies at Northbrook College in Sussex, England.

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Product Details

  • Series: Crash Course (Watson-Guptill)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823009866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823009862
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,834,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
good if you want a quick overview on basically everything in photography. it IS a crash course. it's sometimes a little too detailed, however. instead of giving you a quick overview on every topic, it gives you a detailed overview into a specific part of that topic, which isnt always too helpful. then there is a non-relating timeline at the top of each page, which is pretty unnecessary, but it's there. it does go into about every artistic aspect of photography though, and the book does have quite a few interesting facts, which is fun. overall, i'd say it's a good read if you're up to it. enjoy.
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By A Customer on July 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a cute, little book with fun, interesting facts on the history of photography. It gives a nice overview on a variety of topics from the beginning of photography to present. It is by no means a comprehensive history book and it's not a how to book, but if you would like a quick background on photography's beginning, this does it. If you are looking for a comprehensive history text, go elsewhere, spend more and get a much larger book. I have taught photo-history and like the quick, easy-to-read, fun insight. It's a good book for those looking for an intro to the history of photography.
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