The Ongoing Moment

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Pantheon Books, 2005 - Photography - 285 pages
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In his most recent book, Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It, Geoff Dyer confessed that not only did he not take pictures in the course of his travels but that he does not even own a camera. With characteristic perver-sity—and trademark originality—Dyer has now come up with an idiosyncratic history of
. . . photography. Seeking to identify their signature styles, Dyer looks at the ways in which such canonical figures as Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Walker Evans, André Kertész, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, and William Eggleston, among others, have photographed the same things (barber shops, benches, hands, roads, and signs, for example). In doing so, he constructs a narrative in which these photographers—many of whom never met—constantly encounter one another.

Great photographs change the way we see the world; The Ongoing Moment changes the way we look at both. It is the most ambitious example to date of a form of writing that Dyer has made his own: the nonfiction work of art.

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Geoff Dyer is an intelligent and open writer. - Goodreads
I like Geoff Dyer's writing style very much. - Goodreads
... this was much better than on photography by sontag. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Howard Dinin - Goodreads

Can't say enough about this book for style and as a template for how to talk about one's personal relationship to art, and photography in particular, but really any of the plastic arts. Fearless and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dan - Goodreads

This book was also good (by also I mean as well as But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz). I am an avid photographer and I was glad to learn about (Dyer's take on) several photographers that I haven't ... Read full review


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Geoff Dyer is the author of three novels, a critical study of John Berger, and four genre-defying books, including But Beautiful, which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, and Out of Sheer Rage, which was a National Book Critics Circle finalist. He lives in London.

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