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ISBN-13: 978-0789209375 ISBN-10: 0789209373 Edition: Fourth Edition

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  • Paperback: 712 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press; Fourth Edition edition (January 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789209373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789209375
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 8.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was able to start getting my homework done right away.
Amy Baits
If you are taking a history of photography class or simply are interested in photography and the history of it, this is the book for you.
Patricia Brouillette
I have owned a copy of this book for several years and it still gets used with the frequency it deserves.
Fernando Melendez

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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful By lorraine anne davis on February 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
I am the Curator of the Pfeifer Collection of Classical American Photography in Zürich, Switzerland and previously to this, the Assistant Director of the Paul Strand Archive. I have been writing about photography since 1985. Since it was published, I have used Rosenblum's book extensively. It is the first source book I go to when doing my research.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Fernando Melendez on April 13, 2001
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I have owned a copy of this book for several years and it still gets used with the frequency it deserves. I confess having been quite ignorant about the history of photography: it seemed the type of record I would not be particularly interested in (old photos are too old, and new ones are in the daily paper); but my attempt to read Susan Sontag's book ON PHOTOGRAPHY demanded precisely the nearby presence of a reference such as this one, and so I came to own my copy. The book is very thorough, deeply scholarly, and broadly based. If it has to do with the record of photography as culture it is likely to be found here. I treasure it.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By John Guilbault on June 1, 2007
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Well, I have to say that the author is an excellent researcher. Although she concentrates mainly on the creative and artistic sides of photography, the technical aspects are also presented, albeit briefly. I know this book is used as a textbook in several schools, and the problem I have is that it reads like one. While perusing this work, I couldn't help feeling that I was back in college, cramming for a final exam, rather than being taken on a journey through photographic history. In other words, the author's writing style is a tad dry. The facts are all there, and the pictures are wonderful, but she never seems to convey the emotion or feelings of the events. So, if you want something to study, this is it. If you want something to read and enjoy, I'd go elswhere.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The book is an outstanding and thorough history of the photographic process, equipment, photographers and styles from Niepce's first photos through color photographs from the 1980's. A very complete survey, especially of the photographers with lots of examples.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter R. Dinella on March 18, 2010
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89% of the people reviewing this book gave it a "favorable" rating, ie. 4 and 5 star ratings combined. I include myself in that count.

Look, other reviewers, this is a book about the history (let me repeat: history) of photography, and it does it extremely well. Yes, it is a textbook. So what? That is hardly a condemnation.

If you are interested in a deeper understanding of the development of photography, this is a good purchase. If you are just interested in pretty photos
and don't want to read, go elsewhere. Scott Kelby will greet you with open arms. On the other hand, there are some very fascinating photos in this book that I have never seen before.

I would buy this book again. I have gained a deeper understanding and appreciation of photography as a result of reading it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. Richard on February 20, 2009
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I had been listening to Prof. Jeff Curto' s class- History of photography podcast of his class [...] I eventually purchased the textbook for the class (podcast) and I have been amazed at how much more of have gotten out of the podcast by reading this excellent textbook. I highly recommend both the text and the podcast. If you want to learn about the history of photography, you do not have any more excuses.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Finn Brudevold on March 13, 2010
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Bought this as the main text for a class at Wellesley College.
Great for a complete history of the developement and social impact of photography.
(Not concerned with technique, technical details, or technology)
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I got this book because I needed it for photography class and it is exactly as it sounds. This book is a history of photography from the very first photograph taken until now more current times.

The first chapter of the book focuses on the development of the camera. The camera was not how we are used to now. It involved a long chemical process that had to be done instantly unlit the digital cameras we are all used to.

After the introduction, the book goes into many different genres and how they formed like photojournalism and so on.

What I really liked about this book is that it not only discussed the history of photography but it also included a lot of photographs. The photographs were not only showing the development of the actual camera but also of some historic figures that helped make photography what it is today.

I do have one small dislike of the book and that is with some parts of the layout. I will be reading about an important figure, and the photograph can be three pages later. I do not like flipping back and forth when I am reading. It would have been really nice to see everything on one spread.

Besides a few glitches with the layout, this book is amazing. It is very comprehensive and will fill you in with all you need when it comes to photography. Photography is part of our everyday lives from the professional to the camera phone. If you are looking to lean more about this history of photography, this is a pretty good book.
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