The book of photography
In this comprehensive and global volume hundreds of entries define and cover every aspect of photography-The newest inventions, the ingenious past, the ever-changing technical and aesthetic developments, and the personal stories and styles of photographers worldwide. Timelines summarize and sidebars elaborate on major milestones and tell the human stories behind them. Beautiful photographs on every subject from around the globe are meant to both illustrate the fine points and inspire the reader.
Photography was invented in 1839 and it went on to change the world. Every field-medicine, astronomy, journalism, art, geography, and history-has been revolutionized by photography. Photography is used to explore, inform, and convince. It is global and it is personal: We treasure photographs of people we love and we scrutinize pictures of ourselves with posterity in mind.
The Book of Photography, like photography itself, is for everyone. This is the basic book for those who want to increase their understanding and appreciation of photography or for those with just the occasional photographic question. Organized by subject, this is a comprehensive, fascinating, and easy-to-use photography reference-a book you'll dip into again and again.
The chapters are:
o Still Life, Cityscape, and Architecture
o Exploration, Ethnography, and Wildlife
o Photojournalism and Documents of Social Concern
o The Art of Photography, Nineteenth Century
o The Art of Photography, Early Twentieth Century
o The Art of Photography, Since the 1950s
o Fashion and Advertising
o Science and Technology
o A Biographical Dictionary: The Major Photographers, Institutions, and Important Figures in the History of Photography
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The book of photographyUser Review - Book Verdict
This book, which offers a history of photography (with an emphasis on fine-art photography) since its invention more than 160 years ago, is divided into chapters by types of photography, e.g., "Architecture & Still Life," "Portraiture," "Exploration," "Photojournalism," "Pictorialism & Earlier Art," "Early Twentieth-Century Art," "Art Photography Since World War II," "Fashion & Advertising," and "Photography & Science." Though its organization and design are a little confusing, art historian Hoy (photography, NYU;Fabrications: Staged, Altered, and Appropriated Photographs ) provides an engaging, detailed, and well-researched text throughout this substantive work. Leah Bendavid-Val (ed.,Through the Lens: National Geographic's Greatest Photographs ) also contributes a useful foreword that sets the context. This book is strikingly illustrated with the fresh, interesting, and carefully selected images of more than 250 photographers. The back matter includes some helpful information, notably a time line of the history of photography and biographies of noted photographers. Sidebars elaborate on the art's human and technological aspects. This solid history of photography is recommended for all libraries, especially where there is interest in serious photography.-Raymond Bial, First Light Photography, Urbana, IL