The Ongoing Moment

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 11, 2009 - Photography - 304 pages
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Great photographs change the way we see the world; The Ongoing Moment changes the way we look at both.

Focusing on the ways in which canonical figures like Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Walker Evans, André Kertész, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, and William Eggleston have photographed the same things—barber shops, benches, hands, roads, signs—award-winning writer Geoff Dyer seeks to identify their signature styles. In doing so, he constructs a narrative in which these photographers—many of whom never met—constantly encounter one another. The result is a kaleidoscopic work of extraordinary originality and insight.

 

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User Review  - adrianburke - LibraryThing

A Christmas present that I began to read on the day. No higher praise. Finished after reading it in fits and starts. The first book that has made me rethink what I thought if I even thought about ... Read full review

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User Review  - Paulagraph - LibraryThing

Dyer’s is both a fascinating and a frustrating study of (essay on) photography. The frustration comes largely from the presentation (or lack of) the photos themselves. Many of the photos that Dyer ... Read full review

Contents

Blackandwhite Photographs
10
3
69
20
94
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100
23
106
28
112
Untitled 1930s p
113
Sheriff ojMcAlester Oklahoma in From of the Jail
121
Mornlngside fork New York 1916 p
144
Bocskayter Budapest 1914 p
150
Window at the Shelton Wist 1931 p
160
Cafe1 near Pinole California c 1956 p
169
Untitled undated p
175
Hammock 1993 p
196
Savannah Negro Quarter 1955 p
204
The Open Door 1844 p
214

Iron Bed Rumpled Sheets 1981 p
127
Jeno in the Woods ofNepllgel Budapest 191 3 p 1
137

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About the author (2009)

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Geoff Dyer has received the Somerset Maugham Award, the E. M. Forster Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and, in 2015, the Windham Campbell Prize for non-fiction. The author of four novels and nine works of non-fiction, Dyer is writer in residence at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles. His books have been translated into twenty-four languages.

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