The Photographer's Eye

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Museum of Modern Art, 2007 - Photography - 155 pages
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The Photographer's Eye by John Szarkowski is a twentieth-century classic--an indispensable introduction to the visual language of photography. Based on a landmark exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in 1964, and originally published in 1966, the book has long been out of print. It is now available again to a new generation of photographers and lovers of photography in this duotone printing that closely follows the original. Szarkowski's compact text eloquently complements skillfully selected and sequenced groupings of 172 photographs drawn from the entire history and range of the medium. Celebrated works by such masters as Cartier-Bresson, Evans, Steichen, Strand, and Weston are juxtaposed with vernacular documents and even amateur snapshots to analyze the fundamental challenges and opportunities that all photographers have faced. Szarkowski, the legendary curator who worked at the Museum from 1962 to 1991, has published many influential books. But none more radically and succinctly demonstrates why--as U.S. News & World Report put it in 1990--"whether Americans know it or not," his thinking about photography "has become our thinking about photography."

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This is one of the best books on photography I've read. - Goodreads
What can i say except that the pictures are wonderful. - Goodreads
This is a really gorgeous collection of photographs. - Goodreads
Recommended to anyone interested in photography. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Barb Swanner - Goodreads

If you are just starting out, or have lost your way taking photographs this is a book that you should read and absorb. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

John Szarkowski, is Director Emeritus of the Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. His book of photographs of the buildings of Louis Sullivan was recently reissued by Bulfinch Press. Szarkowski lives in East Chatham, NY, & New York City.

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