Odysseys and Photographs: Four National Geographic Field Men : Maynard Owen Williams, Luis Marden, Volkmar Wentzel, Thomas Abercrombie

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National Geographic Books, 2008 - Photography - 224 pages
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Spanning almost a century of global upheaval and riveting human drama, this magnificent book follows the careers of Maynard Owen Williams, Volkmar Wentzel, Luis Marden, and Tom Abercrombie—a stellar quartet of National Geographic photographers who used their cameras to record a truly remarkable era.

While the lensmen were all supported and nurtured both technically and creatively by the Geographic, each had his own interests and his own distinctive style—and each made his own unique contribution to world culture, science, and history. Following a thoughtful introduction that sets the scene, the book is divided into four parts, each devoted to one man’s life and work. Chapters open with an essay and then display up to 50 pages of breathtaking historic images, many of which lay hidden in National Geographic archives for decades. Close associates and loved ones authored each photographer’s intimate story, calling on journals, anecdotes, and behind-the-scenes correspondence to portray the real person behind the lens. Our four subjects, taken together, represent the entire and quite glamorous progression of National Geographic photography—a chronicle that will be eagerly embraced by all who love world history, biography, and great pictures.
  

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Contents

Cover
227
First Page
1
Title Page
3
Table of Contents
5
Introduction
14
Chapter 1 Maynard Owen Williams
19
Chapter 2 Luis Marden
77
Chapter 3 Volkmar Wentzel
121
Chapter 4 Thomas Abercrombie
169
Epilogue
220
Souces
222
Credits
224
Backcover
226
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Leah Bendavid-Val, Director of Photography Publishing for National Geographic Books, is the author of "Propaganda & Dreams: Photographing the 1930s in the USSR and the US; Changing Reality: Recent Soviet Photography; National Geographic: The Photographs;" and "Stories on Paper & Glass." She has curated photography exhibitions for museums worldwide.

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