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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press (August 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558594671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558594678
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,135,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

"The influence of photography has been more carefully considered than the influence of particular photographs," writes Goldberg ( Margaret Bourke White ) in defining the purpose of her original, entertaining and informative illustrated social history. "Unforgettable" pictures of the dead at Gettysburg, the airship Hindenburg exploding, the flag-raising at Iwo Jima and the book's cover image, a young woman wailing over an antiwar protestor shot dead at Kent State--all these have "influenced events," the author cogently demonstrates. In her analysis of the impact of specific photographs, Goldberg identifies some lasting and influential portrait "icons," including Dorothea Lange's 1936 migrant mother as well as the benign head shot of Mao massively reproduced as an instrument of rule. Most telling of all is her account of how the widespread dissemination of certain pictures--black demonstrators attacked by dogs and firehoses, a Saigon curbside execution, a child burned by napalm--helped goad the public toward pressing for civil rights legislation and withdrawal from Vietnam.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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YA-- The photograph, the most ``living'' of 19th-century inventions, is explored in all of its manifestations and roles in this lavishly illustrated, large-format book. Part history and part social essay, it traces the medium from its beginnings with the French daguerreotype of the 1840s to the powerful social tool and all-pervasive ``eye'' it has become. Utilized by social reformers such as Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine to depict the horrors of urban slums, by photohistorians from Matthew Brady to Margaret Bourke-White to record the carnage of war, and by great portraitists from Nadar to Eisenstadt to Karsh to preserve for posterity the faces of the great personalities and the commonplace scenes of bygone eras, the photograph has become a prestigious art form and an instrument of propaganda unsurpassed in its influence. A most absorbing study. --Richard Lisker, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The author is so broadly knowledgeable that one is provided with historical contexts that are fascinating as well as an awareness of how this medium can effectively influence and direct attention. It's a perfect fit with democracy and an open society.
It makes you wonder about what is NOT considered fit to print such as waterboarding, the reality of sharia law, the cartoon in Denmark that "provoked" terrorism. Photos could "out" the likes of Michael Vik and other bullies by providing pictures of the victims of homelessness and, certainly, war. WWI went relatively unrecorded in Europe.
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By Sara on November 26, 2012
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I had to buy this book in college and was so happy I did. It's an amazing visual book that makes you feel like you are living the photographs!
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Excellent book , very well written and researched! I would recommend the book to any photographer. Tit would make a nice gift.
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