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Wayne F. Miller: Photographs 1942-1958 Hardcover – October 14, 2008
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›