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About the Author

Stephen Daiter has been a photography dealer since the late 1980s. Through his eponymous gallery space, he has overseen the release of over 30 photo books and catalogues, including This Was the Photo League: Compassion and the Camera from the Depression to the Cold War and André Kertész: Observations, Thoughts, Reflections (Stephen Daiter Gallery, 2001 and 2005). In the last few years, Stephen Daiter Gallery has also evolved into a showcase for recent and contemporary photography as well as photo-based art.

Kerry Tremain is the editor of California magazine and a founder and former director of the International Fund for Documentary Photography. He edited and wrote the introduction to Witness in Our Time: Working Lives of Documentary Photographers (Smithsonian, 2000) and worked with Wayne Miller to curate the traveling exhibition Chicago’s South Side.

Amy Dru Stanley is an American history professor at the University of Chicago and the author of the prize-winning book, From Bondage to Contract: Wage Labor, Marriage, and the Market in the Age of Slave Emancipation. She writes and teaches on the history of American culture, on slavery and freedom, and is at work on a new project on volition, will, and desire.

Fred Ritchin has been the picture editor of The New York Times Magazine (1978–82), executive editor of CameraArts magazine (1982–83), and founding director of the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Program at the International Center of Photography (1983–86). He is now a professor of photography and imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a new media consultant to news and photo organizations. His newest book, After Photography, will be published in 2008.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books; First Edition edition (October 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576874621
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576874622
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.1 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,229,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like most photographers of the time Wayne Miller worked with a very simple set of tools compared to even the simplest DSLR we have available to us today. Yet the images are strong, convey emotion, tell a story, and just look really good. You will see everything from elements of war, racism, and a view into america 60 years ago. The past is often romanticized as being such an innocent time. This book tells a very different tale. The images are so real you feel like you can step inside of them. You feel fear, anger, joy, confidence and compassion viewing the pictures. The book really teaches what can be done with basic prime lenses and an eye for a photographic moment. I loved it. I am very satisfied with this one!
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Wayne Miller is usually known as Edward Steichen's assistant for MoMA's 1955 Family of Man exhibition (twelve of his photos were included, the largest number from an individual) but he had worked for him before, in 1942. Steichen was in charge of the US Navy combat photo unit in Washington and had given Miller assignments during the Pacific campaigns.

The first section of this beautiful book covers the War Years: 1942-1945 with the thirty photos showing service men on and off duty. The first one, showing a wounded airman being lifted from his plane on the Saratoga, is quite extraordinary. Parts of the War Years also include ten remarkable photos of ordinary people showing their respects at Roosevelt's funeral and I found it interesting that this is followed by eleven photos taken in Hiroshima. The funeral and the effects of the atom bomb, both tragedies in their own way, are covered in such an honest, human way by Miller that it lifts his work out of the usual reportage photography.

The three other sections of the book: Midwest 1946-49; California 1947-1953 and Family 1946-1958 cover assignments about the northern negro in Chicago and a drug party (both appeared in Ebony magazine) a convention (Life) dog show (Chicago Daily News) migrant workers in California, summer camp for blind children, an Oakland juvenile detention center (Life) and finally Family with photos of his wife and children (Photo-Report) and the last seventeen photos for Life Magazine and Miller's 1958 book: `The world is young'. I thought the photos on all of these pages carry on the human feel that he establishes in the War years section. Over the years he completed 150 assignments for Life.
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A very good photo book where one can study the composition of a great photo, specially black and white. Also, the history that comes with the photos are great. I would recommend this book to any photo enthusiast.
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Wayne F. Miller was a simple and good human being gifted with an amazing vision and mastery of tone. This book is a joy to look at over and over.
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Wayne Miller: a true humanist, as his photos show so clearly. Technically, I especially like his low-camera angle used so frequently.
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