One hundred photographs: a collection by Bruce Bernard

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Phaidon, Oct 25, 2002 - Photography - 208 pages
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Bruce Bernard was the leading picture editor of his generation, celebrated for his visual taste, knowledge and judgement of photography. His thirty-year career culminated in the remarkable award-winning book Century, published by Phaidon in 1999. In the 1990s, he was commissioned by a private client to assemble a photographic collection and set about acquiring a selection of images that represented, to his unique eye, the best work in the medium from the whole history of photography, ranging from nineteenth-century pioneers like Muybridge and Fox Talbot to giants of the twentieth century like Andr+ Kert+sz, Man Ray, Brassai and Robert Frank. These one hundred photographs are the result: he does not attempt to cover every period or every notable artist, but rather includes only images that 'truly stimulated and satisfied + and seemed could permanently continue to do so'. In other words what he considered to be classics. This is a unique collection that captures, as Bernard himself put it, 'some of the magic of the medium - its uncanny life-preserving qualities and unique perceptions'.Mark Haworth-Booth, Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, introduces both Bruce Bernard and the collection and also provides commentaries for each of the one hundred photographs.

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Bruce Bernard wrote the introductory essay to the definitive monograph on Lucian Freud published by Random House in 1996, and edited "Century," a vast compendium of photographs of the twentieth century, published to great acclaim in 2000. He worked on various newspapers and magazines including "The" "Sunday Times "(London). In 2002 his photographs of painters Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Michael Andrews, and Euan Uglow, many of whom were friends from Soho in the fifties, were shown at the Tate in London.
David Dawson is a painter and an assistant to Lucian Freud. He has also served as a model in a number of Freud’ s paintings. His photographs of the painter were exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2004.
Sebastian Smee, formerly an art critic for "The Daily Telegraph, "now writes about art for "The Australian," a Sydney newspaper. He lives in Australia.

MARK HAWORTH-BOOTH served as a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) from 1970 to 2004 and helped to build up its great collection of photography. He is now an Honorary Research Fellow at the V&A and a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art. His latest book is Camille Silvy (1834-1910): Photographer of Modern Life.

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