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A bazaar of events, objects, landscapes, and faces. Faces, is what sets this book apart from Phaidons book. Hundreds of expression laden photos bring forth moods that swing from holocaust and terror, to authentic beauty and eroticism.
Wherein Phaidon had a short one paragraph description of each photographer and photo, here there is a healthy long story about each shot followed by a very satisfying bio of the photographer.
When you buy a particular photographers collection you hope to see maybe a dozen really good photographs. With this book you're gonna see 250 great photographs. Many of which will have you going to the library looking for more.......PS; a great gift book for that artsy interesting person in your life.
A great buy. Saved ten dollars with amazon prime buying it online as opposed to buying it in the store.
and this wonderful collection provides just that opportunity. I was very impressed with the commentary provided for each photograph - that alone was worth the price of admission. The 250 photographs
are full page, many in color and a great and varied representation of the work of some of the most renowned photographers of all time. The writing as well as the photography captivates me to the point that
I've chosen to study one photograph and it's accompanying dialogue each day until I've completed the tome and then I'll most likely start over again, because by then I most likely will see something I
previously missed. And isn't that what photography is all about?
To have included Jack Kerouac's tribute to Robert Frank is an example of the kind of surprises that await you: "Robert Frank, Swiss, unobtrusive, nice, with that little camera that he raises and snaps with one hand he sucked a sad poem right out of America onto film, taking rank among the tragic poets of the world. To Robert Frank I now give this message: You got eyes." That juxtaposed alongside Frank's "Parade, Hoboken, New Jersey", wow! Thank you, Roberto Koch
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This book is really awesome. If you are interested in photography you will enjoy it. There are description of photos and stories behind the photos and what photographers were... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Nou
This is the most comprehensive collection of known and unknown photography I've seen. I love the stories of the pictures and photographers with each image. Read morePublished on February 12, 2013 by Robin
The book is nice and looks nice as a coffee table book, the only problem I found with it, is that every time I start looking at the photos I feel uncomfortable because I have to... Read morePublished on July 4, 2012 by sosico
For me as a photographer and artist this book is absolutely fantastic!
Seeing all these black and white photos is a real inspiration!
Be advised, this collection of photographs privileges Italian photographers (the editor is Italian) and it contains an inordinate amount of images of naked women. Read morePublished on August 10, 2011 by MShim
i really had no idea that i would LOVE this book as much as i do! i received it yesterday and can't get enough of it... Read morePublished on February 16, 2011 by A. Reed