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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel; 1 edition (August 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9783791347349
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791347349
  • ASIN: 3791347349
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.2 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[A] lively and informative analysis." --Choice

"Extensively researched and attractively produced, this guide is highly recommended for those who want to be versed on what photography actually may be, and has been." --Rangefinder

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Unlike many other artistic media, photography's origins are well documented, as are its ever-changing technologies and applications. Written by an international team of experts, this definitive history of photography looks at every step of the field's dynamic evolution, period by period and movement by movement.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on October 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
The book's editor Juliet Hacking has done a wonderful job in collating a very lively and accessible history of photography. Similar books that cover the broad sweep of the subject have been written by individuals who frequently show the author's bias but here thirty-one contributors write about their knowledge and enthusiasm for photography.

Though there are five basic chapters within each of these there are explored themes. For example, Chapter three covers twenty-two subjects with text and photos over two or four pages. Each of these is followed by a relevant photo, large on the page with an interesting visual feature called Focal Points where three or more thumbnails of part of the image are repeated, each with a detailed caption. I thought this visual idea was one of the strengths of the book and really pulls the reader into a photo to reveal something that isn't always apparent. I'm guessing but I think several hundred pictures have this intriguing treatment.

Another strength of the book is the comprehensive coverage. Every historically important photographer and genre is here (Avant-garde photography in Mexico gets a spread for example) but also the non-art but still creative output of fashion, advertising, conflict, press and paparazzi, globalisation. The twelve page index is also a good indicator of the depth of coverage.

This is really a dip-into reference book about photographic art from 1826 to the present. The theme essays and individual photographer's work are presented as spreads in a simple elegant layout with a 175 screen on a matt art paper. My only quibble would be the use of a flexibound cover rather than traditional hard covers.

'Photography: the whole story' could well become a standard reference title that is updated every few years to cover new developments and for the price I think its remarkable value for money.
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By f64Islander on August 24, 2013
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This will become an alltime favorite. Wonderful reproduction of classic images and commentary on the photographs. This should be in the library of any student of photography.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ruy Souza Silva on August 26, 2013
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Great book. I love it. Great read! The history is very beautiful and very interesting. I Recommend for all people.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Moonslice on June 14, 2013
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This is an impressive book. The content as well as the printing and binding is great. My husband is excited about reading it. It got it for him for his birthday.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rodney A. Klukas on December 18, 2012
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Small items in accuracy, but overall excellent. Eminently readable for both the knowledgeable and the just interested reader. Cover image is my favorite Steichen Portrait.
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