A Maritime Album: 100 Photographs and Their Stories

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Yale University Press, 1997 - Photography - 245 pages
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This book depicts the relationships of mariners with their vessels and the sea. Each photograph chronicles a fragment of the mariner's experience over the past 200 years - shipbuilding, the making of a wooden skiff, commercial fishing and whaling, amateur sailing, deep-sea diving, naval encounters, and much more. In his introduction, John Szarkowski shares his artistic rationale for selecting the particular images that appear in this book. Benson's essays, which accompany the photographs, unify image and story in a vignette of time and place, of historical, societal, and individual meaning. This book is the catalogue for a traveling exhibition that will open in December 1997 at The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia.

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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.

Richard Benson was born on a small farm near Doncasater in 1966, After a childhood spent crashing tractors, he left home to become a journalist, and has since written for various newspapers and magazines. THE FARM is his first book and became an overnight success when it was shortlisted by Richard & Judy's Book Club. Richard Benson became The Dean of the Yale University School of Art and held that position for for ten years from 1996-2006. He was also a professor of photography there for the last 20, and an internationally renowned expert on photographic printing. He has won MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, grants from the NEA, and many other awards. He has printed numerous distinguished photography books, including such classics as "The Works of Atget", Lee Friedlander's "The American Monument", and Irving Penn's "Passage". Benson is the author of several books about photography, including The Printed Picture - the catalog and text of an exhibition of the same name at The Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2008. Richard Benson made The New York Time's Best Seller List in 2012 with his title F FOR EFFORT! In 2015 he won the James Tait Black Prize in the biography category for his title The Valley: A Hundred Years in the Life of a Family. This prize is awarded annually and carries a monetary award of $21,140.

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