Icons of Photography: The 20th Century

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Peter Stepan
Prestel, 1999 - Photography - 199 pages
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More than ninety of the century's best photographers are presented in this richly illustrated volume with some 160 icons of the genre. This selection focuses not only on universally famous and artistically stunning images by renowned photographers, but also on the discovery of lesser known pictures of exquisite quality.
The range of subject material, from the portrait to political or social reportage, from genre images to abstract or subjective photography, is matched only by the stylistic variety of the selected works. These reflect the multiplicity of this century's artistic movements and lend them new expression through their clarity and focus. More than any other artistic medium, photography has changed the way we view our world at the close of the twentieth century, a fact that is clearly reflected in this volume.

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The third of Prestel's "Icon" series, which is devoted to gathering landmark work from a featured medium, this chronological assembly of 90 photographers, from Berenice Abbott to Heinrich Zille ... Read full review


Berenice Abbott 104 Ansel Adams 96 Robert Adams 168 Diane Arbus 158
Cecil Beaton 146 Bernd and Hilla Becher 156 Use Bing 38 Werner Bischof 118

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PETER STEPAN is an art historian and curator whose many books include Icons of Photography: The 20th Century and Photos That Changed the World (both by Prestel).

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