- Publisher: Museum of Modern Art; Cover Damaged edition (1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0870705156
- ISBN-13: 978-0870705151
- ASIN: B0016CYJWQ
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,068,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Looking at Photographs Paperback – 1980
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Comments? I can only echo some of the reviews already written about this important book, such as the review written by Vladimir Belomestnov and Damon Webster.
This is an amazing book, less for the quality of the photographs (Which are remarkable and marvelous!) than for what the author Mr. Szarkowski painstakingly wrote about each photograph.
John Szarkowski's brief essay about each photograph truly opened my eyes to the subject photograph. First, I would look at a particular photograph in an effort to see what made the photo outstanding. Next, I would read John Szarkowski's discussion of the piece, and I would see aspects of the photograph that I had not previously seen.
-1 for the segmented feel, some descriptions are nondescript, i.e. there seem to be photographs that should precede the next but are not there.
Most likely the missing photographs were part of someones estate, copyrighted and/or otherwise not available for publication in this compilation.
The subjects of the discussion of each image is not identical for each one. In most discussions we learn about the history of the photographer. More words are probably used to discuss each photographer's history than anything else. The curator's discussion of why the image is significant, why it works etc, is less even with some images getting a greater discussion about this than others.
If indeed I had had a long private tour of these images with Mr. Szarkowski I would have asked more questions about why the individual images "worked" than what the author covered in his discussions. OTOH, since I'm somewhat lazy about visiting museums (and I live in NYC!) reading this book is equal or better than a long day trip to the museum. I certainly came away knowing more than when I started this book.