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John Szarkowski is Director Emeritus of the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the author of numerous books and a photographer in his own right.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York (October 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870703781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870703782
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For those of you who already know Eggleston, there is something in particular to note about this book. I also purchased Eggleston's "The Hasselblad Award 1998," which features a handful of the same shots in Guide. This provided me an opportunity to compare the same shots in two different publications. There is absolutely no comparison to the superior quality of the prints in William Eggleston's Guide. In fact, shots that I loved in Guide I would not have even really noticed in Hasselblad (very poor color separation, blue tints, etc.). This is the book to get.
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William Eggleston's photos grow on you. Look through this book for the first time and the contents seem a bit like ordinary snapshots but look again and then again and with each viewing the images become more familiar (still with something fresh to discover each time) but now they start to blend together seamlessly. One reason for this, I think, is that the photos capture the everyday and the ordinary. Taken around Eggleston's hometown of Memphis and in the Deep South, they show some of his relations, street scenes, interiors, buildings and more, though the captions only state the locations. John Szarkowski says in the books introduction "..today's most radical and suggestive color photography derives much of its vigor from commonplace models" This capturing of the everyday and in color divided the critics in 1976 when the Museum of Modern Art used seventy-five of Egglestons's images for their first exhibition of color photography. The 'Guide' unfortunately only shows forty-eight from the show.

Art photography until this exhibition was in black and white and had been for years, color photos were mostly for ads, commercial print and snapshots. Thankfully the Museum's curator of photography, Szarkowski, had the good sense to allow the public to see something new and fresh. I think the 'Guide' is a good introduction to Eggleston and if you like his creative vision, as I do, have a look at these two books of his work:The Democratic Forest and Ancient & Modern. Both are full of wonderful color photos of the American everyday.

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this is where color photography became art, and it is the MOST influential color work done to date. what can you say about this work except that if you are a photography student, lover, practitioner, or simple fan, you must own this book. this is the one folks, where it all began. giving it stars seems silly, but if ever there was a 5 star book, this is it.
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Since purchased from December last year, finally i have a time to go through the book.
it's really a big surprise, I am shocked by the poor printing quality of the book.
I've chance to get a earlier version of the same book, the prints are much more sharp and the color
is much more rich.The prints of my copy just like all go through "washing process" , the saturation is not
high enough to produce the astonishing effect which Mr. Eggleston's photograph should give.
I was completely disappointed by the quality of this book.it's like printing/copying the photographs from a color photocopier!
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This book is a very good reason never to ditch books. It's a picture book and a Kindle or IPad or ereader could never replace it. I put it on my coffee table and every time I pick it up, I learn something new about composition or color or subject matter. It's a master work.
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Arriving early in 1972 for a Job in Statesboro, Georgia, from Europe as "an immigrant with a passport" these images strike me as well done observations. Many times in the early morning I had mental snapshots of the beautiful lighting and the high humidity that often appeared to act as a "soft filter" and I see that effect in these images as well. So, in addition to being excellent photographs, they are also a time machine from "when things were slower and fewer."
But I also sense that Eggleston is one of the few that still enjoyed a somewhat Patrician upbringing from an era gone by, (The Spoiled Squires of the South) and his images are those of an observer and not a participant. I like the quality of these images that don't have the linear and often harsh quality of digital photography, but the constant and repeated mantras in reviews of this book that Eggleston was a pioneer in color photography are bogus. Others were shooting in color as well, its the exclusionary gallery culture at work here creating their own tall tales.
The front introductory section written by John Szarkowski is for me an entirely separate part of the book and makes for good reading, altough I find the constant name dropping and tortured language that rambles on more of an attempt by John Z to show off his knowledge of photography and how he defines Eggleston's work, and that we readers are mere minions. Enough said, those are my viewpoints. Buy the book and check it out for yourself.
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Wonderful companion book to understanding William Eggleston. Szarkowski writes like no one else writing about photography. Eggleston can be at times, inaccessible but thanks to the efforts of Szarkowski and this book, you can get closer. Szarkowski brought Eggleston to the forefront and this book explains why.
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