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Truth and Photography: Notes on Looking and Photographing Hardcover – September 10, 2003

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Ivan R. Dee (September 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156663539X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566635394
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,873,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beautifully composed...unique in the entire literature on photography, at least as far as I am acquainted with it. (Hilton Kramer)

In this welcome book he uses his decades of practical knowledge to analyze what it means to engage the world through a camera. (Richard B. Woodward, DoubleTake)

The graceful prose, exactness and rigor of observation, and many allusions to poetry, fiction, art, and philosophy makes this collection of essays very special in recent writing on photography. (Alan Trachtenberg)

Elegant and erudite personal essays—at times, lyric, at times, revelatory—written by one of the great, classical, American portrait photographers of this era. Move over Susan Sontag! (Michael Lesy)

A genuinely philosophic book. (Joe Sachs)

Here is picture taking and viewing connected to a long contemplative tradition: looking within as well as without, two aspects of our humanity. (Robert Coles, Harvard University)

Thoughtful and important series of essays on photography. (Christine Sevilla Afterimage)

Thompson presents unique, compelling analysis that explores both our role as observers and photography's role in our contemporary world...

Thompson's essays are a lively, loving, and thought-provoking romp through wide-ranging critical references of poetry, fiction, art, and philosophy to get at the very nature of photography. Highly recommended. All levels. (CHOICE)

Jerry Thompson's Truth and Photography is as intellectually stimulation as any book of photographic criticism in years. It is a pleasure to read, it helps us see. (Michael More Camera Arts)

Thompson's portraits give dimension to vivacious, troubled people through a mysterious process — free of fanfare and artifice. His essay describes the experience fluently. Read it carefully. Then go back and look at the pictures again. (Michael More View Camera)

From the Publisher

In three elegant essays Mr. Thompson explores the many-leveled relationship between seeing and thinking. The book reproduces and the essays discuss some twenty-four photographs. Mr. Thompson’s examinations are penetrating, sustained, allusive, and frequently thrilling.

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4 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Pictures via camera reflect not only what the photographer sees, but what he thinks about. The most successful reflect an understanding of things as much as their image, and Jerry Thompson's exploration of the relationship between seeing and thinking in Truth And Photography provides a set of fine duotone photos to illustrate essays reflecting on working photography experiences.
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