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Mirrors and Windows: American Photography Since 1960 Paperback – 1978

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Museum of Modern Art; First ed edition (1978)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001N8K8OG
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,487,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book is frequently mentioned in bibliographies you find in photo history titles and though it was published in 1978 I always thought this was a wonderful overview of photography from the preceding two decades. In the first twenty-five pages Szarkowski writes in his usual succinct style about the changes in photography from the sixties: color, almost but not quite ready to burst on the scene; the disappearance of the weekly and monthly magazines that relied heavily on photos (Life, Look, Coronet etc) the development of the very personal vision from young photographers (many who are now well known) and the importance of Frank's The Americans and Minor White's Aperture magazine.

The rest of the pages carry 127 photos (fourteen in color) from eighty-four photographers and I think it is a very comprehensive collection, including several semi-abstract works (John Mott-Smith, Ray Metzker or Robert Heinecken for example).

The landscape format works well, captions are on each page and the 200 screen printing is fine. Best of all you can pick up copies of the hardback or paperback quite cheaply. Well worth getting.

***LOOK AT SOME INSIDE PAGES by clicking 'customer images' under the cover.
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Format: Hardcover
I had the good fortune to see the photos in this book in the traveling "Windows and Mirrors" exhibit at the University of Illinois about 1979. It has some great photography from the sixties, and includes great stuff by Art Sinsabaugh, Simpson Kalisher, Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, Ray Metzker, and many other greats from that period. What? You aren't familiar with them? Then take a look at this book. It opened up a whole new world for me back when I was a grad student of just 27. The photos in this book aren't always "pretty," but then again, they are not always meant to be. Innovative, yes, and thought-provoking, yes, but not necessarily pretty. It was modern photography as John Szarkowski saw it back then. It's a nice survey of the work of several photographers, and since 1979, I have gone back to it time and time again. It never really gets old.

I noticed that this book's reproductions can never do justice to the real photos I saw back in 1979, but that is true of all photo books, make no mistake. If anything, this should make you want to try and go see the originals at a museum if you can. I recommend this book, needless to say. It is an old friend, and nice memento of an exhibit that exposed me work that was new to me.
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This boook had been recommended to me by a professional photographer from whom I was taking a creative photography class. Obvioiusly, I was eagerly anticipating its arrival. Imagine my surprise when I opened the package and found that almost half of the book, including the cover, was missing. I immediately returned the book, hoping to exchange it for an in tact version, and was told that I could not do that. I forget the reason but it was disappointing.

The question I have is, "How could anyone send out half a book?"

Thomas C. Carrier
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The book arrived in very short time, well packed and in a good condition. Thank you!
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