Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Idea of Louis Sullivan Hardcover – September 1, 2000
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
About the Author
John Szarkowski is director emeritus of the Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. He is the author of many works on photography.
Terence Riley is Chief Curator of the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Riley wrote an introduction for Visions of Wright.
Top customer reviews
1956 the centenary of Sullivan's birth was the occasion of the interaction between some outstanding art photographers and his buildings.
This of course is the great MOMA curator and photographer Szarkowski photographing Sullivans. Wright, Sullivan's aide, said his were the best photos of Sullivans. Szarkowski's photos also have the unusual element of seeing the buildings interacting with their surroundings. The text is marvelous. This is a fantastic buy. I wouldn't wait until it goes out of print and costs hundreds as seems to be happening with photo books these days.
John Szarkowski, the greatest critic and writer that photography has ever known, photographed the work of Louis Sullivan while a young man, while on a Guggenheim Fellowship, which resulted in the publication of the first edition of this book in the 1950s. The first sentence of the preface to the new edition "Old men should not revise young men's work; they are sure to make a botch of it," introduces one of the most marvelous stories every told about the workings of the world of photography in the 20th century--a wonderful story of the old and the young--a must read for anyone hoping to understand how Szarkowski became himself.
The first edition of this book almost failed to be published, and the second edition remains virtually unknown--my first impression of the book was that it was a tribute to a great curator, a consolation prize for the years he spent in the collections of MOMA rather than on the streets as a photographer, making work--but the story he tells in the new preface is something more--the passing of blessings from the old to the young--and the glory of the young finding their power.
This volumes makes a great coffee table book since it's considerable strength is visual.