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Witness in Our Time: Working Lives of Documentary Photographers Paperback – September 17, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Books; First Printing edition (September 17, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560989483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560989486
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By joshua dautoff on October 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
Witness in Our Time gives readers a rare glimpse into the minds of some of the most talented contemporary documentary photographer. Editor Ken Light offers a valuable resource to any professional or student photographer, or anyone with an interest in documentary photography. Witness in Our Time provides personal accounts by photographers such as Sebastião Salgado, Mary Ellen Mark and Eugene Richards of how each has made it in the challenging field of documentary photography. Witness in Our Time offers an inspirational and sometimes sobering view of the past, present and future of this important field.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. Tom TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a great book. If you are at all interested in documentary photography/photojournalism, then you will not be able to put this book down!
It is jam-packed with a collection of personal essays by the worlds most prominent documentary photographers. They speak about why and how they do what they do, their path in life and their experiences seeing the world up close and personal.
The book has at least one black and white image example per photographer, but it's not a coffee table photography book. It's a relatively small size and can be carried with you in a bag quite easily.
I'm going to go back and read this book again. It is full of reasonings and inspirations and as a published photographer, it makes me want to grab my Leica and hit the streets with some black and white film...
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Steve White on July 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
This will be the second time I'm buying this book. I've lent it out to one of my staff and somewhere down the line it's disappeared. I think that's says a lot about this book. It's nice to have around to read through on a Saturday morning with a mug of coffee or flip through for inspiration.
It has definitely helped not only the way I see the world, but with my own photography.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Roberts on December 30, 2008
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This was a book that was required for a photojournalism course. It's a great book that has a lot of great recommendations and information. The book is great for all photographers. It gives you a different way to look at your work and the way your creating it. I definitely recommend this book for photographers.
Who knew, a required book for a class that's actually a good read!
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By llamamoma on March 14, 2013
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This book is a great addition to my photography library. The photos demonstrate great use of natural light available at the time of the photograph. I would recommend it for any expert or novice photographer.
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