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Tod Papageorge: Core Curriculum: Writings on Photography (Aperture Ideas) Paperback – July 31, 2011
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Tod covers many of modern photography's seminal contributors, and sheds new light on the period when he, Garry Winogrand, Joel Meyerowitz, and Paul McDonough were on the streets of New York establishing a major branch of street photography.
All in all it's a wonderful book. My only beef is that the book doesn't include a couple of Atget's pictures Tod deals with at length. You need to have a pretty complete book of Atget's work when you read that part of Core Curriculum.
If you're interested in street photography you need this book.
And that's my criticism of this book. It simply doesn't say much. What it does manage to say it says in a particularly oft-putting artspeak that seemingly intends to camoflouge the essay's lack of content.
The author is a photographer and tenured professor in the Yale Art Department. This explains the empty verbosity coupled with a marked narcissistic emphasis on his own work, in particular a tendentious view of his own extended photo essay on Central Park.
If I learned anything from the book, it's not to send my kid to Yale to learn photography.
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But this was about as dull as they come. Completely felt like a pontification. Nothing worth talking about. Read morePublished on March 18, 2014 by Kris Vockler