The Ongoing Moment

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Abacus, 2006 - Photography - 285 pages
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With characteristic perversity - and trademark originality - THE ONGOING MOMENT is an idiosyncratic history of photography. Seeking to identify their signature styles Dyer looks at the ways that canonical figures such as Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Walker Evans, Kertesz, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus and William Eggleston have photographed the SAME things (benches, hats, hands, roads). In doing so he constructs a narrative in which the same photographers - many of whom never met in their lives - constantly come into contact with each other. 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 non-fiction 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

About the author (2006)

Geoff Dyer was born in Cheltenham in 1958. He currently lives in London.

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